Why I Cried In Art School

My painting teacher shifted uncomfortably while I cried in the hallway outside the classroom. I was so frustrated.  I could envision what I wanted my painting to be but I couldn't make the darn paint do what I wanted.   My teacher said, "You're the one who wants to be here."    This was true. I wanted to paint like Rembrandt instantly and it just wasn't happening.  But even Rembrandt couldn't paint like Rembrandt in the beginning.  I wasn't letting myself be a learner.

Let yourself be a learner.


J.A. Martin said...

This is so true and so hard to remember in the beginning. Thank you for sharing! :-)

JDConwell said...

Some things for me have NOT been worth taking the time to practice and learn. Golf, for instance!

But you're right...when you have the passion but (not yet) the ability, it's worth whatever you have to do to learn, even if that means letting yourself not be perfect at it for a while.

Debra Dixon said...

So true, so true!

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden