I’ve found that my level of enthusiasm or discouragement is affected (positively and negatively) by my attitude and expectations. I just started painting again after a LONG hiatus ( 3 decades). I’m remembering how to paint and sometimes it is very frustrating.
I’ve noticed that my enthusiasm has spiked when I receive positive feedback or sell a painting. And my discouragement has grown when there’s less traffic on my work than the “average.” When I thought about this, I decided that I really paint for myself because it makes me feel good to paint–even when the outcome falls short of my vision.If I’m painting for myself, then I’m not depending on others to make me feel good or motivated.
Having said that, I’ll add that I do pay attention to what is selling and what people like to buy, because I want to sell paintings. I just don’t want to ride the emotional roller coaster and be dependent of “fleeting” approval.
Painting is a discipline. It requires a lot of practice to learn how to manage the technical aspects. It requires mental discipline as well. Emotion might actually be the undoing of many artists.
Keep painting. When you’re not “feeling” it, practice one of the technical skills.
That’s my 2 cents worth of advice.