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Cape Arago Lighthouse watercolor painting in progress by Emily Miller

I recently started work on a large, complex watercolor painting using a composite of three reference photographs taken from different angles. I spent three days staring at the completed sketch before I had the courage to touch paint to paper. Whether for an instant or an hour, there is always a gathering moment when I have to overcome the uncertainty: can I do this? The uncertainty is strongest at the beginning of a project, but continues to present itself with every decision I make during the creative process.

Do what will work, or try something different? Pushing through that hesitancy towards something new is when I know I’m growing as an artist.

Above: Cape Arago Lighthouse, 15″ x 22″ watercolor in progress

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