What Most Artists Never Show You

It’s easy to look at the end product of other amazing artists.

Every time I scroll through Instagram I’m blown away by the quality of work I see.

But it’s equally easy to scroll through social media, feel overwhelmed and question if you even have what it takes.

I’ve been there… A lot!

But, here is the thing that most artists never show you.

Great art takes time! A lot of time!

Many galleries encourage artists to only show their best work.

So we never see all the failed attempts. Or all the thousands of sketches, test, and trials.

Besides, many artist only want to show their best work.

Go to any museum on the planet and you will never find a little card next to a master work telling you how much time, blood, sweat and tears the piece took.

The same is true for most of the art you see on social media.

Day to day consistent effort, honing and perfecting craft is how all the great art is produced.

Which means that if YOU put in the same effort you can also create great works of art.

Through my website at chrisbeaven.com I hope to illustrate this truth.

Through unrelenting exposure of my art life, I hope to impart some motivation to anyone out there that is struggling with a consistent art practice.

To show anyone that great works can be created with as little as 30 minutes of consistent effort daily.

Here is an example.

This is a painting of my friend Patrick.

The painting took me about 147 separate session.

147 days of about 30 minutes a day.

It was a time in my life when I found it hard to put in more than 30 minutes every single day.

Yet I created one of the paintings that I’m most proud of.

Next time you scroll through social media, or your walking through a gallery or museum, think wow!

If they can do it, so can I!

I just need to put in the time and effort.

Chris Beaven

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