OK, so what my instructor meant by that vague and seemingly meaningless phrase is that the only way to make better art is to keep making art. If you're uninspired, make something; if you're blocked, make something; if you feel like giving up, make something. Maybe it won't be great, or even any good, but if you keep going, it may, eventually, lead to something good (or even great). Eventually. In the meantime, you are honing your skills, and learning from each mistake, as well as from those things that, surprisingly, work out better than you ever dreamed they would. You'll take risks that you probably wouldn't take if you're thinking of it as a perfectly finished piece of art, and arrive at better ways of doing things.
I may have said all this before, but I think it bears repeating, mainly to remind myself of its fundamental truth. For most of us, there are no shortcuts; as Einstein said, "Genius is 10 percent inspiration and 90 perspiration." Don't sit around waiting for something to happen, for a bolt of creative lightning from the sky to enlighten you with some amazing idea. It takes profound perseverance, hard work, and practice to achieve success. So that's my little motivational speech to myself, and to any of you out there that may need one as well. Or, if you're tired of hearing it, you can just refer it to the Department of Redundancy Department.
OK, I feel much better now. So, here's my latest collage:
With that in mind, just for the heck of it, I decided to have another go at this one: