One of the most common worries I hear from students and aspiring artists is whether they have enough talent or not. We’ve all felt that way at one time or another.

And our culture reinforces the concept every time someone gets labelled a creative genious.

The truth is that there’s genius inside all of us. Being creative is at the core of human DNA.

Watch small children, before they’ve absorbed the cultural limitations, and they are ALL little creative geniuses. Children are inherently fantastic artists.

So that means that we need to reframe the question.

It’s not, “Do I have enough talent?”

Instead, “What do I need to rediscover and learn so that I can make “genius” paintings, like I did as a child?”

There are three keys to consistently making art that you love, that feeds your soul as well as having an impact in the world. And the impact of your art is directly related to the strength, passion, and originality of your painting.

  1. Develop a Solid Painting Practice
  2. Build an Engaged Audience
  3. Nurture a Sustainable Creative Life

And I’m going to be talking about all three over the next week.

But today I’m going to talk about the first – Developing a Solid Painting Practice

The first step is getting in alignment with your creative why, the thing that fuels your passion. That feeling and passion gets passed on to your audience.

Second, commit to a routine and rhythm for your practice. Inspiration shows up during routine practice.

And last, deepen your understanding of the fundamental principles of painting.

  • composition
  • value
  • color
  • light
  • surface
  • Materials
  • Techniques
  • Processes

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