I’ve gotten much better about this at the age of 50, but I still tend to learn the hard way.
When I have an idea, I feel it has to be acted upon immediately, or it won’t happen at all. ADD? Maybe. Frustrating? Absolutely – for me and everybody else.
This portrait of my daughter is one example. It turned out okay, but I painted it first and looked for tutorials later. Guess what I found! There were much more efficient and effective ways to accomplish my goal of capturing my beautiful daughter’s likeness on canvas.
Will I ever become the type of person who is cautious, careful and researches everything before moving forward? I don’t see that happening. While it can be – okay IS – a real pain it is also one of the “flaws” I have that has made my life interesting and fun. I have also learned a lot, even if I took the curviest of paths to get there.