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Heading in the Right Direction, Part 8: Setting up a Deliberate Practice Program

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”    Henry Ford “You are the teacher and you are the pupil.”   J. Krishnamurti I have found that many of K. Anders Ericsson’s Deliberate Practice concepts (see part 6 in this series) can be adapted to mapping a personal art journey. The essence of Deliberate Practice for artists is pushing ourselves just beyond […]

Heading in the Right Direction: A Sidebar

Heading in the Right Direction: A Sidebar

Last week I received an email from Betty, a gal who attended one of my workshops. Included was a link to a video by Charlie Rose on the brain and creativity – part of his “Brain Series”. Betty mentioned that she plans to integrate the ideas in the video with the ideas from my Heading in the Right […]

Heading in the Right Direction, Part 7: Journaling and the Big Questions

Heading in the Right Direction, Part 7: Journaling and the Big Questions

“Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.”    Napoleon Hill I’ve been keeping an art journal for over 20 years, filling up three notebooks in the process. My journal isn’t filled with sketches and drawings for paintings, it’s a chronicle or diary, in […]

Heading in the Right Direction, Part 6: Deliberate Practice

“The best people in any field are those who devote the most hours to what the researchers call “deliberate practice.” It’s activity that’s explicitly intended to improve performance, that reaches for objectives just beyond one’s level of competence, provides feedback on results and involves high levels of repetition.”     Geoff Colvin Recently I came across a concept […]

Heading in the Right Direction, Part 5: Finding the Right Direction

Heading in the Right Direction, Part 5: Finding the Right Direction

“The making of great art does not come easily, but the rewards are worth the struggle. To create something that emanates from the soul, touches originality, captures an essence, holds broad meaning, and is beautiful all at once is a noble act.” Henry Peacock,  Art as Expression  Sometimes artists get to a place where they become competent […]