I don’t know what I am doing technically in oil paint. I hate that. This new project has continuously put me in the beginners seat. I’ve had to stretch in ways I never anticipated. I thought the writing would always be the hardest part of what I do. Now I’m not so sure.
There is an expected level of competence with art. I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’ve taken the classes. Long ago got in my ten thousand hours of practice. Yet, every time I switch media I’m a beginner again. Things do not work as expected. The order of attack shifts and it’s no longer obvious what comes next.
How do you cope with feeling like you don’t know what you are doing when you are used to feeling like you do?