I read this article last night, and it struck a chord with me. Until this article, I never knew it was possible for someone to separate the heart from a great amount of effort & technique, and what a difference a little heart can make. It is true that we’re our own harshest critic, but I am pretty glad now, because however imperfect (and sometimes horrible) my works look to me, I know for sure my heart is always there.
If there is always something to learn from everything, then I guess from this article and this artist, it is a good reminder: whatever one gains in technique, one should never lose his heart in the process.
Art is very close to my heart; it means so much to me, and although it might have been an obvious thing to others, it took me a while to notice it for myself. Or perhaps I had already realised; I just didn’t know how much at the time. Put in a little more heart, and have faith that the technique will follow. The heart comes first, always.