Experience. I know from other crafts that I’ve learned that it’s irreplaceable. And still, I want to learn at warp speed. I wish that every new skill that I try would just jump up and greet me, “Oh, hi! I wondered when you’d get here!”
But alas, it isn’t like that. Every day I try to experiment with a tiny variant on an existing skill, pushing slowly and steadily in the direction of my big goals. But every new skill takes three or four days instead. I wring my hands, google for expert answers, and try everything I can to get the new thing to work. Sometimes I walk away defeated (for now!) and try another new skill instead.
I have what, in my naiveté, seemed like a pretty approachable set of goals, but the more I learn the more there is to learn.
Master-befuddling skill level isn’t even my goal. I’ll write a blog post sometime soon and show you the work of folks who inspire me to keep pushing my skills to produce the art that I have in my head.