Mike L. wrote:
Lonnie, it occurs to me I forgot to say thanks for the time and effort you spent on the eye painting post/tutorial. I am going to try it out the next time I can get off my ....tail...and pick up the brush again. I seem to be suffering from some kind of block...I think it's from looking at too many pro/near pro painted minis, and thinking that my work will never match up. Psyching myself out, I guess.
Amen to that-I know the feeling. It's very easy to get down and think 'I'll never match that' or 'Why do I bother' and want to give up-Goodness knows I've been in that fugue lots of times and no doubt will again.
Occasionally I'll think 'Why bother?' or see some stunning figures online or in a magazine and be all 'Geez the kids 11 and he's already wiping the floor with me and I've been painting 29 years off and on'.
However, it's what you get out of the hobby that counts.I know I'll never be Golden Rod standard, let alone Golden Demon , but I enjoy painting for fun and it's my way of relaxing.
Sometimes I'll get so down with others work I'll want to hang up my brushes because I see no point in it. Then I see a fig I like, or get an idea and it's like an itch-I have to paint and get back in to enjoying it. I don't care if anyone else thinks my stuff stinks, I like it and try to keep on improving and thats the main thing imho.