Progress Is a Double-Edged Sword

Chontele has spent the last week hanging some of my old paintings around the house (I’ll show you a photo once it’s done). It’s an interesting look back through time. I can remember painting every one of them and the circumstances of my life at the time.

I also find it fascinating how one’s perspective of a painting changes over time.

These were once paintings that I considered my best. But now I am painfully aware of all the mistakes I made.

Progress is a double-edged sword like that. As we improve, we shine a light on our earlier mistakes.

This can lead to embarrassment or shame over our earlier work. But that’s the wrong way to think about it. The fact you are able to notice flaws and mistakes in your earlier work is a sign of progress. It’s a good thing!

So be proud of your earlier work, even if they don’t appear as skilful as you once thought.

Happy painting!

Dan Scott