There were quite a few times I wanted to quit as I worked on this painting – but I kept going anyway. The final result isn’t perfect by any means and it’s not exactly how I wanted her to look, but I finished.

And I am so glad I did! Because now it’s finished, I can easily put this painting aside and work on something new.

So often we choose to quit something we find a little challenging, rather than pushing through difficulties to get to the other side. But it is so worth it when we do push through!

When we do this in art, there’s no guarantee the final result will be great, but it will be much easier to move onto the next painting/drawing if we finish the troublesome one now.

I know that it’s hard working on a painting when you’re not happy with it, but you can do it if you really put your mind to it.

This is especially important if you’re a relatively new or young artist because making good art is a challenge. I know it may look easy when we watch artists we admire work, but they have all gone through many difficult paintings to get to a point where they understand what works and what doesn’t.

The only way to get there is by making more art, but also finishing what we start.

So I’d like to encourage you to just keep working when things are tough. You might end up with a horrible painting you never want to look at again. Or, you might just end up with something wonderful – but if you don’t finish it, you’ll never know.

So just keep painting!

The importance of not giving up

Winsor and Newton artists oils on 10×12 inch canvas board.


Hi, I’m Kat! An Australian artist who loves painting fantasy characters and illustrations.


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