Acrylics on 11X14 Canvas Panel.
As an artist, I often second guess myself with every painting. I can't tell you how many times I start a painting and think to myself, "This is terrible! I'm not a good enough artist to paint this! I should just scratch this and start over!" And I got to thinking about how many other artists are doing this very same thing.
As artists we are our own worst enemies and our harshest critics. The truth is art is subjective and as long as an artist is painting something they feel passionate about and as long as they do their best; they should feel proud of their work. This is something that I and every self doubting artist out there should work on.
I painted "Create, Critique, Recycle, Repeat.." to show this struggle. The back of the canvas is painted colorful and bright (almost in an abstract way). The grayish hand represents the artist and the "gesso" or "white paint" represents the self doubt covering up the creativity- draining the color out of the artist as well. The idea is that if you are looking for perfection as an artist, you will probably never achieve it and thus this self destructive cycle will simply repeat.