Things I Learned as an Oil Painter: Thing #22

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After a long hiatus the TILAAOP series is back (at least for one post). Thing #22 is:

The more you do it the better you get at it.

Yes, it’s obvious, but it goes a little deeper.  The reason I’ve chosen this “thing” is because I have been and continue to be working very hard to produce art for a solo show coming up next month.  For almost a year I’ve kept an aggressive schedule of putting paint to canvas. I’ve been keeping count of my paintings while keeping my eye on the calendar.  

There have been some dogs in there, but in general I feel the quality of my work has improved. My confidence has been boosted and, as a result, my speed of execution has increased. Even if the viewing world out there has a hard time perceiving any discernable improvement in my art, I feel better about the way I paint.

The key to this improvement is not just because I’m painting more, but that there is little to no break between each painting.  As one canvas goes on my rack to dry the next one is being prepped. I joke to my friends that the art factory is going full tilt, but sometimes it really feels that way. I am in an almost continuous state of creative production – it’s immensely gratifying, but it’s draining.

Once this current phase is done (i.e. by my show’s reception), I‘ll be happy to take a break, but I’m confident that the benefits will stay with me – even if I’m not painting so much. I started this whole crazy art ride back in 2011 by painting 50 small works in 95 days for no other reason than to improve my skill level (see Thing #6). This current exercise has had a similar effect, but with full-size paintings.

Over the next few weeks I’ll post some of these new works.

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