Practice makes perfect…..
By Chris Norris
I am reminded of the classic joke where the tourist asks the maestro, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” The maestro responds, “Practice, practice, practice.”
I have been a member of the Main Street Artists since its inception. In the beginning I would come in once a week for 4 hours. I would pull out my paints and my easel and paint until it was time to go home. Days later I would return to pull out my paints and easel and try to remember where I left off.
In the last year I have been painting 3-4 days out of 5. When I am not painting I am drawing or researching technique. It’s funny how much faster I am finishing paintings these days. They are getting better too!
Part of this is the collaborative nature of our studio. We help each other with painting challenges, critique constructively and encourage each other daily. The other part is, by coming to the studio on a regular basis, I am “practicing” my skills. How can I not improve with a more consistent work ethic? Aha! I need to treat my art like a job if I want to consider it my work. Practice may not make my paintings perfect but, it has certainly helped.
Now, the only consequence is a proliferation of work. I suggest you stop by and consider purchasing a piece of original art, if not from me, perhaps one of my fellow “practicing” artists.