“Painting is easy when you don’t know how”

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Edgar Degas

There’s so much to learn, so much to master, you could study and practice for one hundred lifetimes and still not have mastered this craft.

Maybe that can be said of all things. I only know that painting for a child seems to flow much easier than for an adult who’s been studying art for a long time and wants to “get it right”.

I will take art lessons from artists better than me for my entire life. I will always see more that could be done in my paintings after their finished, but I will still have to force myself to stop. I will admire the work of masters and wonder how long it took and exactly what they did on a painting. And I will always feel like there is someone better than me.

This is the way that it should be. I will always be growing and evolving. I will always want to be better. This is what makes painting more difficult but also more of the center of my heart.

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