Light and Shadow
I read about Dr. K. Anders Ericsson's research on "deliberate practice" on Donna Zagotta's blog and realized that my pathway since 2005 mirrors many of the concepts.
Donna wrote "The essence of Deliberate Practice for artists is pushing ourselves just beyond what we can currently do in order to take our art to where we really want it to go. Deliberate Practice involves two kinds of learning: improving the skills you already have, and the acquisition of new skills. Dr. Ericsson’s message is not to rely on repetition and experience to teach expertise, but to deliberately practice the expertise you want to master."
I practice drawing and painting through daily sketchbook pages and try to move out of my comfort zone to improve my skills. My drawings and paintings copied from the Masters appear regularly on this blog, and with each one that I do, I hope that I am refining my techniques.
I need lots of practice painting light and shadows.
While walking across Park Ave at 49th St. I saw perfect sunshine lighting the south side of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church and took a photo. This is my painting from the photo.
One month later, my oldest son sent me this photo of him running the New York Marathon. It is from the official feed from the race.