Here's a piece I thought worth sharing from two years ago.
Fast food diet
by paintingsuccess , February
25, 2010—12:00 AM
We live in a world that wants things quickly. A drive through the suburbs
is now littered with fast food outlets that satisfies our craving for food as
quickly as possible. Even 5 minutes in a fast-food queue will have us tapping
our feet impatientlly!
I believe art is going down a similar path. The lure of shortcuts to
painting success is to be found in most art magazines. DVDs promise to have you
painting like a pro in no time at all. Professional secrets are revealed that
will make you a better painter, or so it is implied. Workshops abound in which
artists can rub shoulders with professionals and perhaps gain some of that
magic dust that makes them paint so well.
I have done many painting demonstrations in which I have revealed all I
know while I paint. My family have asked on occasions why I should divulge such
things, because surely all these aspiring artists are going to paint like you.
The fact is, there is no one that paints like me! If artists thought for one
minute that publishing a DVD would have thousands of people being able to paint
like them, then production would grind to a trickle!
The one thing that every professional artist knows, is that they have
attained to their own level of expertise through many, many hours with a brush.
All they can provide for others are pointers in their own journey toward
The message is, is that we can gorge ourselves with every teaching aid
possible and attend workshops all year round - but it is the time we spend with
the brush that counts. The brain will digest the treasures of painting through
trial and error of working with colour. It's a wonderful feast if we can accept
the time it will take to digest.