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Monday, November 14, 2016

Do You Want To Step Up, Improve, Change?


How do you get from point A, to point B, to point C?

The Cheshire Cate in Alice in Wonderland had this to say.

Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
"I don't much care where –"
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go.”

Knowing where you want to go is critical to figuring out how to get there.
If you are good at something,
let's say "painting"
How do you become better?
Once you become better, how do you become best?

Rinse and Repeat

Learning anything takes time, practice and patience.

One of the reasons I started painting was because
I love clouds.

Painting clouds can be really hard.
Painting anything can be hard.
But, I am so glad I didn't quit in the beginning
when I couldn't paint a lick.

I studied!
I practiced!
I practiced!
and then I practiced!

Finally, things began to improve.
I started seeing improvement in the clouds I painted.
Then I really had to practice.

But seeing some success is a great motivation to keep moving forward.

If you want to move forward with anything;

1.  Decide on a specific goal such as I want to learn to paint rocks, or I want to learn to shoot free throws.
2.  Figure out where your weakness is and work on that one thing.  Ex. Getting movement in my clouds or getting the mechanics of shooting a free throw imprinted in my brain.
3.  Study the principles of doing what you want to learn.
4.  Practice with a purpose.  What do you want out of your practice?
5.  Honestly evaluate your improvement and where do you go from here.
6.  Celebrate your success!  Take a moment to enjoy your success before moving forward again.
7.  Rinse and repeat!  Pick your next spot you want to reach,
and set out that plan for improvement.

One thing I've learned in painting,
I can't paint beyond my ability.
It's a process to become good,
then better,
then best,
(and I'm not even sure I know what that means.)

Don't take on more than 1 or 2 things to improve on at a time.
You'll make faster progress and your success will be quicker.
With success comes the drive to improve on the the next area.  In the very beginning I wanted to paint landscapes because I loved the beauty of Heavenly Father's creations.
In landscapes however, are skies, trees, rocks, hills, flowers, plants, dirt, water, reflections, etc.
I couldn't get good at it all at once.
Once I decided which one I was pretty decent at, (trees), then I wanted to get better at rocks, then I wanted to improve my clouds.
With each improvement it gave me the drive and the desire to keep going to the next area.

Whatever you're trying to improve on,
computer skills,
or even painting,
the process is still the same.

Don't be too hard on yourself, especially in the beginning.
Celebrate any and every success,
and then move on.
More success will follow.

If you are a beginning painter who would like to improve your art, I believe I can help you with that.  
I have a beginning art course, a single subject class,
and, best of all, a FREE Daisy Painting Class.
My FREE class was created exactly like the course and class I have for sale.  It was created using real time videos and a shopping list.  I don't leave anything out.
It's a chance to try it before you buy it.

Click HERE to view my website.  
Scroll to the bottom and click on the "Learn More" box in the FREE Daisy Painting Class box.
Then scroll all the way down and click the sign up button.
You'll be asked to register and once you're done, you will receive an email with your login credentials and a confirmation link.  Click that link and the class will open up.

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Have a great day! 


1 comment:

  1. Hi Sharon. You are truly the best at motivation for sure so I bet you were a kind, encouraging and caring friend from kindergarten onwards.
    Always a pleasure to visit. Wish I had time to indulge in your classes. I know it would be great.


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.