Studying Art

I believe in studying art, taking classes, and learning all that you can about this wonderful profession.  It has been a few years since I’ve taken any workshops or taught, but my shelves are full of art books from classes I’ve taken and courses I’ve instructed.  No matter what your talent, classes can help you grow and improve.  I think of it this way; it is same as the athlete with natural skills, those that just rely on their talent and don’t study and practice can be out performed by those without a lot of talent, but who work hard, practice and study.

People ask me where I learned to paint, and the answer is; it is the accumulation of knowledge from years, and years of study.  No one person can give you all the answers, but with input from many different people suddenly someday something will click in your head and you will gain some understanding.  I remember studying under a lady who had much less talent and skill that I had, and wondered if she could teach me anything.  It was amazing, but with an open mind I learned a lot from this incredible woman.  Some people are gifted teachers, and are better at teaching than they are at practicing what they teach.  So, study at every opportunity and keep your mind open to new ideas and techniques and soak up information like a sponge.

More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge, Artist of Alaska

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