Mastery Requires Daily Practice | FineArtViews

Mastery Requires Daily Practice | FineArtViews

This post is by Clint Watson, former artwork gallery owner and founder of BoldBrush, known for FASO Artist Sites, the primary company of specialist artist sites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Painting Competition and the free of charge everyday artwork advertising e-newsletter, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “art fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s downtown San Antonio, Texas workplace is whole of initial art, as is his residence workplace. You can join with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his private website at


In creative endeavors, continual apply and advancement is critical to development, particularly if you are wanting for quick advancement.


The late Robert Genn of The Painter’s Keys as soon as wrote, “We are all acquainted with the problems connected with Sunday Painters. Cranking up the previous device once a 7 days could be okay in the vintage car or truck pastime–but it is really undesirable news in the creativity game. The continuous employee who applies his craft day by day is extra very likely to make creative gains than an intermittent 1.” 

If this “law” of creativeness weren’t genuine we could all just recline by the pool for four times a week and go to do the job on Friday and full our tasks with a large blast of productivity. But life doesn’t perform that way and attempting to do the job against the natural law of creativity would make as significantly sense as passing a resolution to skip wintertime. Although we’re at it, why don’t we just make lifestyle less complicated for all all those experts and just round off pi to the following complete selection?

Regrettably, working towards our craft daily can be quite a challenge. Real existence intervenes for so lots of of us.  I think, for people who are major about creating strides in their artwork (which in all probability features every person examining this newsletter), the previous adage is correct, “Practice will make ideal.” The superior news is that a little bit of exercise will go a extensive way.  If you might be at this time a weekend warrior, come across techniques to hone your craft at least a little little bit during the 7 days.  Perhaps it is really just a sketch pad in the course of your lunch hour…probably just a 30 moment study.  Creativity begets extra creative imagination so it is really important to maximize the amount of periods your intellect will get in the “zone.”

In painting, knowledge can be appeared upon as a purpose of the range of paintings an artist has established.  In effect, the far more paintings you’ve performed, the more professional you are.  Quality is born from quantity.  


In the e book, Artwork and Concern, Ted Orland relates the adhering to story:



The ceramics teacher declared on opening working day that he was dividing the course into two teams. All these on the still left side of the studio, he stated, would be graded entirely on the quantity of do the job they developed, all all those on the suitable only on its high quality. His procedure was basic: on the last day of course he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “amount” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty lbs . a “B”, and so on. People staying graded on “high-quality”, having said that, needed to create only just one pot – albeit a great one particular – to get an “A”.




Well, arrived grading time and a curious truth emerged: the works of optimum high quality ended up all generated by the group currently being graded for amount. It would seem that even though the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of do the job – and understanding from their issues – the “good quality” group experienced sat theorizing about perfection, and in the finish had minor a lot more to display for their attempts than grandiose theories and a pile of useless clay.




A way to achieve amount, even though operating about time constraints, is to do the job tiny.  Kevin Macpherson endorses doing the job modest as a way to obtain expertise speedily.  In his e-book, Fill Your Oil Paintings with Gentle and Colorhe wrote “When you action up to a small canvas to check out some thing new each and every working day alternatively than doing the job and reworking a significant painting for months, you see development. You understand to master approaches these types of as brushwork and texture, which boosts your self-confidence. Portray on a tiny scale also forces you to ignore inconsequential facts and appear for more substantial styles, broader color relationships and over-all composition. It provides you the capability to glance at a scene as a whole.”  He endorses committing to paint 100 compact paintings as a usually means to quick development. 


When you get in the artistic “zone” extra normally, you bolster the neural pathways that make it possible for you to be inventive, as a result generating it less complicated to be even A lot more inventive.  It’s type of like building a pattern to be resourceful. 

Nietzsche discovered two different kinds of expertise. On the a single hand you have the things you know from personalized ordeals and from individual observation, which he called “erfahrung.”  There are also the abstractions you consider you know – the varieties of points that you study about in art books and from viewing the performs of others – which he referred to as “wissen.”

Although wissen teaches us suggestions in the intellectual realm, practical experience based knowledge erfahrung catapults us up the progress curve so a lot speedier.  Trying to develop into a better painter through wissen alone would be like investing your Sunday watching home enhancement tv as a substitute of just fixing that leaking faucet.

Now that I’ve supplied you a bit of wissen on the subject matter, get out there and get some erfahrung!  



Clint Watson
BoldBrush/FASO Founder, Art Fanatic


PS – “No 1 can attract extra out of points, textbooks included, than he previously understands. A person has no ears for that to which working experience has supplied him no obtain.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)


PPS – Kevin Macpherson took the suggestion in his e book to dedicate to 100 compact paintings even further more for himself.  He fully commited to paint the pond close to his household 365 instances.  Once for each individual day of the year.  The image with this put up is Kevin portray his beloved pond.  You can discover much more about the Reflections on a Pond project and see the paintings at




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