Artist in training – Part 1

People sometimes ask me, how do you have time to do all of these things? I tend to tell them that the answer is that a) a lot of things take a lot less time to do than you’d think, b) mainly it’s by just getting on and doing them, and c) practice.

I think a lot of people say, “oh I would like to be good at such an such” but don’t do anything about it because doing something about it would take a nebulous amount of time. I always think, I’d like to be good at this in about x years, gosh that’s not very long, I better start practicing if I’m going to be ready by then.

I’ve always been a little self-conscious about my poor ability with art (performance art I’m ok with). And as Nina grows up I’d like to be better at drawing and painting. So I think that over the next five years I’d like to be able to become competent at drawing and painting. There’s only one way to do this, practice.

So here’s the first picture I’ve created since I was at school:

It was done on the iPad so you can actually see a recording of how the painting* was constructed using the excellent app Brushes.

*Is it a painting? Is it a drawing? It feels more like you are drawing a painting?

One thought on “Artist in training – Part 1

  1. […] My first painting / drawing, while not amazing, was so much better than I was expecting and I should have known better but I then drew some pretty poor paintings / drawings one of which I included last week despite being told, “that looks like a child drew it”. I included it to re-enforce Millican’s Law. I thought I had it nailed, but I really worked at that first picture because I knew I was hadn’t practiced, then I rushed off the second one because I thought – I just happened to be amazing at painting. […]

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