Art is experimenting and making mistakes.
You have to be aware that you will improve in your next painting. Art is experience and the cool thing about it is that you can make mistakes all the time. Actually, you HAVE to make mistakes.
During the process of learning (which is an infinite process), you have to test your limits and your tools, so you can find your style. Draw your personality. Put yourself into your paintings and brush strokes. Being inspired by amazing artists does not mean that you should feel unmotivated for never getting to his/her level. The truth is: you won’t be like your favorite artist. That’s impossible, because you are different. You had a different life experience (and I believe life experiences has an affect on your art!). Once you see that, you’ll feel free to show your own identity in your paintings. NEVER compare yourself with others, compare yourself to yourself! You will always improve, just don’t stop drawing.
I often look at my paintings and I see so many imperfections in it. I just try to learn from my mistakes so I can get it right next time. Sometimes I don’t, sometimes I do. I just never stop drawing.
An artist I admire once said: “I always search for the perfect painting, always hoping not to find it because is the search that I love so much.”
I just wanted to share some thoughts in case some of you are struggling - I certainly am. Warning: You will hate so many of your drawings. You will get so frustrated. You will make a bunch of stupid mistakes. But I think that’s the beauty of it - we HAVE to feel this way, otherwise we won’t push ourselves to get better. A great artist is not a great artist because of the quality of his/her artwork (taste is a personal matter). Great artists are great because they never give up. No matter what.