I don’t know about you, but I find Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat only seem to show the perfect, edited, filtered images of our lives. As an artist, I have chosen to remain off of Instagram, so I don’t constantly compare my self to other artists and feel inferior. What a sad state of affairs, never sharing our mistakes with others! Some of our best lessons as humans and artists come from mistakes, failure, or even just long learning journeys. Case in point: Last Sunday morning I woke to beautiful sunshine filtering through a vase of daffodils on my kitchen table. I immediately found a pink and white china teacup to complete the still life, and began to paint the scene. However, when I was finished for the morning, I completely forgot to take a picture of the still life! Now I have lost that light due to a rainy, cold week. Lesson learned: record your scene, this beautiful moment is fleeting! This realization was a humbling remembrance that our lives are not perfect, and neither is our craft or artistic process. We are always evolving and learning. So, enjoy the partially finished photo of my painting (I took this to send to my sister on my phone. Sadly, not a good enough photo to paint from!), and remember that no one is perfect, no art is perfect- that’s why we call it art!