I've been thinking a lot about practice, and getting better at painting. I am working on my "brush miles" more, and I can see that I'm getting better. But it is still all too easy to be discouraged after making a bad painting. Or feel like you're not improving, or maybe feeling like you're not improving fast enough.
These days, I also think about whether I'm improving fast enough that some day I'll be good enough. Will I one day be able to paint the kinds of paintings that I want to paint? Maybe not, but does it really matter all that much? I paint because I like painting. It's one of the most enjoyable activities in my life. Of course I also want to get better. But for now, I paint because it's fun. And, that, I think, is good enough.