from Joan Justis
I have discovered sites that encourage artists to create a painting a day . I have been making an effort to do just that! There is such freedom. I don’t have to create a perfect painting. Because I’m doing it on a 6″ x 6″ or 8″ x 10″, I don’t have to worry that I am wasting canvas. My piles of paint on the palette are big enough to finish the painting. Changes can freely be made by simply wiping the paint off the canvas.
Can you imagine what such daily practice can do for my skills and my spirit! I have been reading Outliers the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. One of the chapters is entitled “The 10,000-Hour Rule”. Through research, interviews, and biographical studies, it has been discovered that it takes about ten years to become a master of a skill or talent. “Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.” “It seems that it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery.” (pgs. 41 & 40) You can do this with anything that you want to learn. Keep a journal and record your daily efforts and discoveries. What a wonderful excuse to paint every day!