"Keep your arrangement of paints consistent so that, in
time, dipping into your palette of colors will become as instinctive
as a practiced musician's reaching for a key on his instrument."
- Charles Sovek Oil Painting,
Develop Your Natural Ability (Watson- Guptill)
2. Word for the week:
Skill: n. Proficiency, facility or dexterity that is acquired
or developed trough training or experience. - American Heritage
Skill etymologically (in origin) denotes not a physical accomplishment,
but the mental capacity to make 'distinctions.' It was borrowed
from the old Norse skil 'distinction, discernment, knowledge,'
whose relatives include Dutch geschil 'difference' and which goes
back ultimately to the prehistoric Germanic base * skel- 'divide,
separate' (source also of English scale, shell, shield, etc).
The modern English sense emerged in the 13th century. - Arcade
Dictionary of Word Origins
3. Practice: "Learning bears fruit when it is applied."
Skill requires practice. Making distinctions requires looking
finely. Do any exercise but set up the object(s) to be painted
and then OBSERVE and attempt to duplicate. The goal is not necessarily
a finished painting in a particular style, but the process of
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