I had just locked the storage room door and was walking out of my studio when a woman caught my attention.

The words might be different, but the underlying questions are the same: Do I have what it takes?

I’m writing this to encourage you, or as the word is defined, to “inspire [you] with courage.”

Whether you’ve been painting for two months or twenty years, there are always those days when you feel like you suck at it.

The morning was clear and bright, and I set up to paint a beautiful ivy-covered barn, dappled in sunlight.

I was miserable, and I was surrounded by students who were waiting to see something good happen.

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