I think there is always a tendency to compare one's art with someone else's. Is their composition better? Are the colors clearer? Are the brush strokes freer?
I'm in a watercolor class with 18 people this winter/spring and I would say, in comparison, I'm about in the middle of the pack. A comfortable place to be since I know I have SOME skills but I know I can achieve more.
This is actually a painting I did with a Craftsy teacher online. I'm happy with the petals because of the different values I was able to paint, giving it a 3-D feeling. Less happy with the yellow middle -- I think I used too much pigment! One should ALWAYS be careful using yellow!
The painting I did in my in-person class this week, I threw away. I really find it hard to paint in a 3 hour class. So much pressure! But as a beginner, I also find it hard to paint without a coach by my side.
Lesson learned? Just keep at it, no matter what!