Somebody recently posted on Facebook the question “Should I paint when I’m not in the mood, or wait until I’m inspired”. I was too busy to elaborate my answer – I had put simply “yes – all the time”.
I have practiced Martial Arts for many years – specifically Pakua and Tai-Chi, complicated and beautiful forms of Kung Fu – even longer than I have painted. Whether it’s for hours at a time or a bit less, I’ve practiced my forms and their applications over and over and over again. I wouldn’t dream of trying to defend myself or my family without that consistent practice until what I did was no longer a learned lesson, but rather an ingrained part of me.
Watching a dancer onstage performing. An actor in a play performing live. A singer hitting a high note. A diver in the Olympics. A skater nailing a jump.
A painter painting paintings.
If we don’t hone our skills – If I don’t practice mine - they won’t be there for me when I need them – when I am inspired…to catch that sunlight hitting the barn just so or a sunset burned into my short term memory, a pochade finished by flashlight.
Now back to my studio – it’s time to paint again.