Practice Persistence & Patience

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I’d like to share with you two different iterations of a watercolor I painted of my brother’s beloved cat, Toño.

My initial inspiration was from a photograph taken of Camilo working while guarded by Toño, who wanted to make sure Camilo wasn’t disturbed. You can see how serious Toño is from his expression in the first image below.

It was from this photograph that I painted Toño initially, and wasn’t at all happy with the result.

So I tried again but first took the time to prepare a pencil drawing of Toño. I transferred this sketch to my sketchbook, then painted him a second time. Much better!

Lessons learned–yet again–from this watercolor project.I need to slow down and not rush to achieve a result

  • Slow down! Don’t rush to achieve a result.
  • Talent is not the only gift needed to create artwork.
  • Be patient in the work.
  • Be consistent and persistent.
  • Recognize weaknesses and shortcomings
  • Learn from apparent mistakes.

What about you? What do you do when a work does not meet your expectation? How do you stay motivated and work through your disappointment?

My brother and Toño
Toño – First Painting
Toño – Pencil Sketch
Toño – Second Painting
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