Challenging Yourself

"The challenge for me is to make the painting I don't know how to make." The above quote by painter Frank Herrmann is one that I find incredibly exciting. It's like throwing down the gauntlet in front of yourself, daring yourself to succeed or fail. It's a thought that demands that you be ok with so many of the things that cause artists anxiety:  with not having a clue as to what you are doing, that you might not know how to get to where you want to go, that you might end up with artwork that wasn't what you had initially envisioned, that you are leaping into the unknown without a parachute.

But, as Bart Simpson would say: "Cowabunga!!!!"

Why let our fears hold us back??? Trying to make what you don't know how to make - I'm going to tattoo that on my brain.