"Fear is always triggered by creativity because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome and fear hates uncertain outcome. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It is, however, something to be dealt with." ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic.
This first progress report is about that stage where the outcome is uncertain and where doubts and fear typically set in.
In the last two years, I have learned to accept this stage knowing that progress is a more certain outcome than perfection. It is easier to push through the difficult phases when art is viewed more as a spiral of progressively learned techniques, sometimes through trial and error. Actually, often through trial and error, in my case.
Each work of art then allows the artist to gain some new knowledge through experimentation when perfection is not the aim of the piece.
If I am honest with you though, I have to get to the point where I can let the art go and be satisfied. That point of satisfaction is different for everyone.
So those are lessons I have learned since I started my journey as a full-time artist a few years ago.