Lightning bolt moments of insight rarely occur. Growth and change and building a skill set is incremental. Both conceptually as well as technically.

Aha moments vs continued practice.

You have to equal parts confidence and complete doubt.

Anything is paintable, it’s how a subject is digested by an artist which gives it an ability to connect with others.

Studio Ghosts: When you’re in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you – your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics… and one by one if you’re really painting, they walk out. And if you’re really painting YOU walk out. -Philip Guston

If you have one person you’re influenced by people will say you’re the next whoever, but if you rip off a hundred people will say you’re so original.

-Gary Painter

1: Work Daily . Grind it out. Find a habit with drawing or painting and tie it to something you already do (draw while you watch youtube videos, listen to music, watch netflix, etc. )

2: Start! Force yourself to sit in your chair at your easel, or put pen to paper.

3. Make a ton of work.

4. Get inspiration from other painters, and copy their techniques.

5. Don’t let practice become procrastination. Make yourself uncomfortable with the work.

6. Get a hobby that isn’t painting. Take photos, make videos, play music, learn how to make knives, learn to bind books. Whatever. Get your mind off your subject to allow the muse to enter again.

7.  Show your work to people.

8. Love what you do.

9. Keep a sketchbook and don’t show it to anyone.


Da Vinci, knowing this, instructs fellow artists to:

“Keep a sharp lookout, for figures in movement, in the streets, in the squares, in the countryside, and note down the main lines quickly: that is to say, putting an O for the head and straight or bent lines for the arms and the same for legs and trunk; then when you get home, look back at your sketches and give them finished form.”

“Tomorrow make some silhouettes out of cardboard in various forms and throw them from the top of the terrace through the air; then draw the movements each makes at the different stages of its descent.”

“Creativity feeds on limitations.”