This is a painting from last summer..from my archives. It's a study, and I didn't think it was good enough to post (then). I'm reversing my decision about it because I want to post something. I painted a studio painting tonight that is REALLY bad, I couldn't post it. If I didn't have enough "canvas miles" behind me, I'd be tempted to hang up my brushes! Luckily for me, I honestly understand that feelings like that are more transitory the more one paints.
Every now and then (like right after a failed painting) I remember having seen the following video. Ira Glass, host of National Public Radio's This American Life, knows a lot about turning out a polished, finished product. He also remembers turning out work he didn't necessarily want to put his stamp on. This video, part of an interview series on story telling, features exceptional advice about working through those first few attempts—or even years—where your product doesn't quite meet your standards. It doesn't matter what your creative process is..his advice is stellar. I've posted it before--and it bears repeating.