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I've been painting since I was quite young.

But still, I am overwhelmed and intimidated once I am facing the vast 'whiteness' of a blank canvas.
Like Goliath to little David, the empty space challenges me and I recoil.

I think being a good painter is nothing other than to overcome this fear of blank canvas.

Just like Van Gogh said,
a good painter never fears the canvas;
The canvas fears him.
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wdnest Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Writer
I write books, for me it is the fear of not ending it, not finishing or the plot twist that just does not make sense or "writers block". You do wonderful work - I rarely watch people, but I have added your works now to my watch list. Congrats on your amazing talent and I am glad I stumbled across your works.
ishali Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thankfully I have never been afraid of it, I usually see it as a new adventure ^^ by the way, I will definitely take you up on that cup of tea offer if I do go to Seoul... No, -when- I go to Seoul.
Artfreakish Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I have the same fear whenever I start a new drawing on a small A4 paper. I guess it's a common thing for artists to be intimidated by the "whiteness" of a new project. I have to say my biggest fear is not the fear of "whiteness" it's the fear of actually drawing
something that comes close to my idea or reference. In other words my biggest fear is the fear of actually getting one step closer to greatness.
acjub Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, brilliant! :D
slagjoeyoco Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
somehow it's a relieve to know even people, who produce such awesome pieces as you do, also have this kind of problem from time to time - shows we're all just human :]
Shirleys-Art-Site Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
yes but you always master your painting your a brilliant artist
Folha-S Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I believe that the problem with white canvas/paper is that they are not empty. They are full of everything.
Everything that ever happend, that will happen, that could happen but didn't, every story ever told or not, every person that ever existed or not, etc, etc.

The "white noise" is every sound possible playing at the same time and you need to focus on just one or just a few to hear a good melody.
theandro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah this is a good explanation
Jiyu-Kaze Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013   General Artist
yup a question that I usually ask is how to cover this wide white space without over using those super crazy effects and details that could break the piece.
JustShima Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fear of blank canvas is something what's pushing us forward. If you ever overcame this fear you will be able to say that there's nothing more to learn. It's my opinion :)
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