I dislike being new at anything. It makes me feel uncertain and lost and frustrated, none of which are my favorite feelings. Yet despite this, I’ve taken up both the art of painting with pastels and the ukelele. I’m confident I’ll figure out the ukelele—it’s just learning notes and practicing. But art…? Most of the time I feel uncertain and lost and frustrated. Will my art every stop looking amateurish?
British guy Phil Heckels has taught me that’s the wrong question to ask. After he drew the family dog during the pandemic to amuse his kids and posted the drawing online, he became an overnight sensation. Hundreds have commissioned him to draw their pets. His drawings are so bad that you can’t help but be charmed by them. (And even better, by charging he has raised huge amounts of money for the homeless in his area.)
Perhaps the point is not to make perfect art, but just to make it. And to do that, we must all start at the same place: as beginners. So, as a beginner, here is a painting I did of a sheep. Not sure why this sheep is blue.