Larry Cannon, “Malibu Thunder” 16 x 20 in., watercolor on paper
Larry Cannon, “Malibu Thunder” 16 x 20 in., watercolor on paper

by Larry Cannon

1. You will learn far more from your failures than you will from your successes. You will always remember the mistakes, while sometimes you will have no idea how to repeat the successes.

Look at any great artist in history. Only about 10 percent of their paintings rise to the exceptional level. You shouldn’t expect every painting to be frameable. You are probably not going to be in the art history books, so relax, learn, and follow your passion.

An honest interpretation of what you see is far better than a copy of some other artist’s style. At any point in your progress, you are truly only at the beginning of your learning curve.

2. Learn to look, look to learn. Your painting will always look inadequate when placed in front of your subject. It will only sing when viewed away from direct comparison with Nature’s magnificence.

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