I know definitively that when we practice and apply; we learn. I know that.
I homeschooled my seven children to great glorious futures, and I did it by showing up every day, teaching math everday, teaching grammar everyday, teaching science everyday… and then one day they were bloomin’ geniuses.
But I just could not, would not apply that same principle to my painting, which I knew was just plain foolishness. Alas yesterday came. As I sat in my studio, I realized I was out of ideas, out of photos, out of inspiration. So I decided to plod through a practice and application of an art lesson.
No, these aren’t amazing but I learned a lot. I differed the underpainting color and saw how it turned the bright day to a cold day. But it still holds that practice perfects.