Aphorisms for Artists by Walter Darby Bannard

Aphorism #83

Don’t replicate your art, replicate yourself.

When you have made a good painting it is tempting to start a new painting in the same mode. But things change. What you have brought over from the first painting may not be in sync with what is happening in the new painting.

Try starting not with the visible forms of the successful picture, but with a memory of the process, what your attitude was, what you were thinking and feeling.

The new picture will not end up looking like the earlier one, but it may end up better.

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