Sometimes we try too hard. Instead of enjoying what we are doing, we are constantly wondering what people will be thinking. We are trying to impress! Let me explain. Someone I know commissioned me to paint a portrait of his late brother. This gentleman expects perfection. So, in my attempt at perfection, I have been trying too hard to get the portrait to be 'perfect'. The harder I try, the worse the painting gets.
So today I decided to try some of the loose painting style I used yesterday on my self portrait. I quickly primed a masonite board that I had, and without grids and precise pencil drawing I just went ahead and laid paint on the board. In less than an hour I had a better likeness on the board than I did on the canvas after days of painting. The painting is not complete, but since it was just an exercise I'm not too worried.
What now? Well if I can do it on board without much effort, then I better get back to the canvas and do what I now know I can do.