Do not Judge-Not even yourself. Lack of self-confidence can lead you down a barren road.
African Roar 2011 book cover
The Last Dance painting by Victor Mavedzenge
Keeping the faith
Keeping the faith
This is a brief sharing of experience that led to the epiphany: Never doubt your potential or that of the work you produce.
Here are some brief cases in point where I wish I had just let things be instead of changing them around because I thought they were not good enough.
The doubting Thomas effect in art
There I was busy in the studio early one morning, busily over working the painting you see to the right. I was painting over it because I did not like it. I had already posted it on my website and moved it to my archive file since I thought no one would have any interest in it. A couple of months later, the inevitable happened. A friend was compiling a book on short stories and asked if I could provide a work of art to be used as the cover design, I sent them my art website link and gave them the liberty to choose which ever artwork they thought suitable. Yes you got it; they chose the one I had painted over. It could have instantly had a boost in value and been a great investment since the book was a compilation of writers’ work from Africa. You can see the final cover at the Editors blog here
The original painting was entitled “Marange” after the area where the controversial diamonds are mined in Zimbabwe.
Lightning Strikes twice
As if the above experience was not enough, I went on to dislike ANOTHER painting in my studio. This one was called “last dance”. I had send this over to a friends website. She sells African Art as a business. It had been close to a year since I sent her the picture, so during my studio cleaning sessions, I came across it and decided it was not good enough, thus I painted over it. I got an email while I was on holiday, which had the title “We made a Sale”. It was from my friend with the Art business. Yes, it hit me like a ton of brick when I realized I had painted over it, that was $USD 400 gone under the brush! All because, I, did not like MY own work.
"C'est la vie"-goes to show you never can tell (Chuck Berry)
You never can tell, as Chuck Berry sings in the song with the same title.We might never know what will sell and what will not. Furthermore, as an Artist, I learnt that sometimes it is not a painting for me, it is for someone I probably have never met. It is a hard way to learn, so I share it with you. What ever you may create, be it writing, painting, music and so on, do not doubt its potential, no matter what the almighty YOU may think of it. Give it to the world and let it be the judge. In the mean time, carry on doing what you do with love and passion. As Nike would put it “Just do it”. As I would put it ,”Just do it now!”
Believe that you can and you probably will.