"Everyone who works with love and with intelligence finds in the very sincerity of his love for nature and art a kind of armor against the opinions of other people." -Vincent Van Gogh
When I painted this fox, do you know what my primary goal was?
As an artist, it is essential to challenge yourself and go out on a limb that extends WAY past your comfort zone.
For me, portraits of people and taking my time are much more within my comfort zone. So, speed and a fox were a fair distance outside my comfort zone. It may be something different for you, like using brushes you don't normally use or limiting your color palette to unfamiliar color choices.
The point of the exercise is to keep pushing forward. Practice makes progress, and trial and error is a part of nature and a part of art. And when you push yourself and are pleasantly surprised with how well you did on a task that is more of a challenge for you, you'll find other people's negative comments don't seem to hold that much weight anymore.
Is it your best painting? Probably not. But you struggled, you strived, and you succeeded. That means more to your inner artist than a pretty picture.
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
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