Being self-taught, over time one becomes a keen observer paying attention to the smallest of details. You see your work improve and evolve, you learn something from each project and often times the finished piece exceeds expectations. If it doesn't, you keep working on it.
Every project regardless of size always presents challenges that need to be addressed and creating an innovative and unique solution appeals to me the most.
An artist friend once told me I needed to ‘focus’ on one single type of ‘fine art’ to be successful. Politely I said nothing but had trouble digesting and defining such a niche for myself.
Sometimes I like to make primitive signs from reclaimed wood because it involves extensive customer interaction at each step of the design process for approvals BEFORE I actually start cutting.Sometimes I can only work on a painting for minutes at a time and sometimes a painting takes months or years to complete. I would rather my art not be restricted to someone else's definition or rules.
I will give lessons and when I do, I tell people if they can read and color in a coloring book I can teach them simple techniques and get them thru emphasizing the process and technique(s) versus ‘completing a project ‘. When doing my art stops being fun, I suspect I will quit and walk away to do something else that is fun.