A Painting a Day Experience and Observations

Yes, it was, . . . a very worthwhile experience and exercise. Alas, at this point in my life, it can’t continue. The next time I’m on vacation, I might revisit the exercise.

I saw painting-a-day online sites and read of a pottery instructor’s experience in Art & Fear.

In  Perfection in Part 1, Chapter 3,  Bayles and Orland tell the tale of the pottery instructor who at the beginning of the term, told a class that half would be graded on quantity- measured by weight on a scale! and half by quality – a single piece, if perfect, would achieve a top grade.  When it came time to grade the class, the instructor discovered that the students who produced the most work were also the students who produced the best work.  Producing “piles of work” allows one to make mistakes and learn from them. Seriously, read Art & Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland – very insightful.

Transitioning from my previous “client-imposed deadline” life as an illustrator to that of an independent painter, requires rethinking my own work habits and productivity.

Realistically I hope to update my blog weekly. Saturday is painting day. I’ll be studying with Christopher Chippendale on Saturday morning, and will be on the streets of Boston painting in the afternoon. Happy New Year everyone!

2 Responses to “A Painting a Day Experience and Observations”

  1. 1 Sally January 13, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Happy New Year! I am behind on everything, reading your blog, adding to mine. Whirlwind period of time.
    Perhaps for Lent we can pledge to slow down.

  2. 2 carolsartblog January 13, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    If only I could figure out what I can eliminate! Not the yoga, not the painting, hmmmm, maybe work??? 🙂

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