I think for me as an artist discouragement and persistence go hand in hand. Often my mind's eye sees the painting I would like to paint, while my physical eyes reveal the painting that I actually produced. They hardly ever match and discouragement follows.
That's where persistence must come in. People who fall off horses have quaint sayings that tell them to
"get back in the saddle" and sports failures are told to "get back in the game". But what words of wisdom do we artists have when things go wrong? "Wipe it off and start over?" ... Not very encouraging. nor very creative.
I am convinced that words of wisdom don't really work with artists anyway. ( even though we love to hang slogans and quotes on our easels). What we really need is tough art love. What we need and what we do best with is being told the cold hard truth..... "Painting is hard and at some point every artist will want to quit." Don't you feel better?
I think someone needs to tell all wanna-be artists - what comes with the territory. A warning label should be required in every first paint set and they should sell persistence pills at every art supply store.
Painting is hard.... but that fact takes nothing away from the enjoyment of doing it. Quite the opposite.
So, for all those discouraged wanna be artist's ... keep the paint on your brush... step up to the easel....keep your eye on the horizon line and relax and enjoy pushing some paint.
I'll need to adjust all the light areas in the foreground as I proceed with the water. Slow going but I'll stick with it.
Oh, I came up with a slogan for the easel. The effort is always worth more than the results.