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The Way To Happiness The philosophy of these lessons: Look, Learn, Practice

Chapter 17 of "The Way To Happiness" deals with Competence. I've found that too many limit their own progress as an artist with the concept that they "haven't got the talent." 90% of being a good professional artist is about looking for yourself, learning (including good study habits), and practicing what you have learned to become Competent. If you are interested in a free copy of "The Way to Happiness", please email me for one.

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Lesson 26

1. Thought

"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 Dictionary

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 observing.

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Last updated: December 13, 2004