Today’s painting session worked really well! I followed the Purposeful Practice routine!
I established a goal for multiple painting sessions, made sure that I was in deep focus with my headphones on and used speech to text on my phone to review my progress for immediate feedback. I also made sure that I was trying to get out of my comfort zone the whole time.
I even printed up the six steps for purposeful practice and put them on my wall behind my computer so that I would reference them every single day. Today’s session was so good that when my first 90-minute timer went off I was surprised. It only felt like half that.
After working on this second Rajiv painting I learned the following.
- A white canvas will really disrupt my ability to choose correct values and every light color doesn’t ever seem light enough when I have white on the canvas.
- Also I need to make sure that I have my painting in enough lite or else I’ll paint much lighter than it needs to be.
The biggest lesson from today is that accuracy and focus is much more effective than just trying to work faster. I can get more done in a 3-hour session if I’m focused and accurate then three times as much if I’m working just fast without thinking. You can see that within the previous Rajiv painting.
I’ve determined to continue working in this way with a few more regime paintings I’m going to let the first two dry and then work further into them with semi glazes to get the glow effect that I would like.
I’m finding that a dry layer of paint is tremendously effective and doing it over previously dry oil paint works so much better.
What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!
Super effective day!
What needs work? What did you learn?
Better sleep tonight.
How am I going to Optimize moving forward?
Shut down on time and meditate.