For some wonderful posts about an artist's journey and his/her struggles with growth, please go over and visit the blogs of Maggie Latham and Terry Miura. I read both posts this morning and was touched by their efforts to find their "true voice" in their artwork. Once you get past all the technique and have that under your belt, you begin your search for yourself in your paintings - how do you say what you want; how do you convey the emotions you feel into your work; how do you make a living with this crazy thing called art and still remain sane? I bounce back and forth from learning this or that technique or type of painting (hence my recent obsession with learning landscapes although I may never paint many of them in my life), to trying to convey emotions, feelings, a bit of myself into my work. That's a hard thing! These two artists have struggled with it and will continue to struggle with it (it's just the way it is, folks), but what a lovely journey they share!
It doesn't make me sad that these two very fine artists have doubts, but gives me, a relative beginner, hope! Hope in the belief that we're all in this together; we're all just humans with ups and downs and doubts about our choices. But, again, what a journey we are on!