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Landscape Painting by Maggie Latham

More Deliberate Practice Ideas for Improving Your Art

                                                                                   Watercolor Wash Painting by Maggie Latham  This week I received a delightful email from the UK from Maggie Latham. She wrote:  “I read with interest your blog post of yesterday regarding deliberate practice, and have written about it on my own blog post today. In watercolor particularly I do find that deliberate practice […]

Designing Deliberate Practice Art Encounters

Designing Deliberate Practice Art Encounters

                3 Paintings from Donna’s City Series In a recent post, I asked readers to share ideas for how they were working with, or planned to work with, the Deliberate Practice material I presented on this blog.  I love this idea from Karen K. She said that she has been doing daily 30 minute […]

Painting Through the Holidays

Painting Through the Holidays

                                                                       Donna and Grandkids Michael, Amelia, and Ethan This year I am determined to enjoy the holidays and to keep up my painting schedule as well. This is no easy challenge! I love the holidays and usually become totally immersed in them from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day.  It’s like I leave my “normal” world and enter the […]

A Blast From the Past

A Blast From the Past

                                                                 Donna Zagotta, “California Burgundy”  – circa 1987                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew.”    Guillaume Apolinaire Last weekend I attended a gallery opening and reception for a dear friend. Coincidentally (but […]

A Personal Deliberate Practice Program

A Personal Deliberate Practice Program

                                                 My Hand-Painted Value Scale        Recently, I received this question from a reader: Hi Donna, I am an artist and am just now reading Colvin’s book. I was wondering: what do you find to be good deliberate practices for painters? Specifically, what kinds of exercises do you do? I want to design a deliberate […]