"Just be yourself."
I see a lot of artists imitating other artists. I'm not one of those artist teachers who puts that kind of thing down. Imitation is good when you are learning something. In fact, it's what the old masters taught. They understood the benefit of learning the techniques and the tools of the trade. They understood that this is a process and something that is not learned overnight.
Learning takes time, patience and understanding.
Time to perfect your skill. We are forever learning.
Patience to work things through and to understand that things aren't always perfect. Nor should they be.
Understanding when you have to take what you've learned and make it your own. Understanding that life is all about learning and changing. We are not a stagnant lifeform. We are always growing and changing. We are always becoming something new.
Our art should reflect this as much as our lives reflect it.
Something to ponder and to think about. That's the great thing about keeping a journal. It's our place to experiment with all of this stuff and to express ourselves. It's our place to be and become better people and artists. It's our place to simply be our unique selves.