The Bridge Between Artistic Vision and the World. Skill!

I’m really loving The Creative Habit book by Twyla Tharp and she has a wonderful quote about the bridge between artistic vision and the world.

“There’s a paradox in the notion that creativity should be a habit. We think of creativity as a way of keeping everything fresh and new, while habit implies routine and repetition. That paradox intrigues me because it occupies the place where creativity and skill rub against each other.”

Twyla Tharp

Many artists resist the notion of a daily habit with art. There is a feeling that the routine detracts from creative energies and when you pull an emotional act into a regular practice it becomes a job. But the only way to get good at anything is to practice and the best way to practice is to make it a habit. Plus one of the major components of habit is a daily routine. Twyla says further…

“If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge.”

Twyla Tharp

There are two major aspects to make art great. The objective and the subjective, reality and emotion, the concrete and the imagination. We want to create something from our heart which starts with emotion, subjective, imagination and then have the world (viewer) see the same thing. The only way to do that is to practice, practice, practice. Which means building skill.

If you want to have art that can change people’s minds, have them see something new or change the world then you have to build your skill, not matter what it is.

Pocahontas is coming along nicely. I’m still working on refining her body and getting that to look correct with her hair. I feel it’s going to take several days longer.

Pocahontas Drawing in Graphite

Previous Pocahontas Drawing Posts


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Head Study

It’s been a long while since I’ve done a head study exercise from the The Natural Way to Draw book and this one started out really well in graphite. Then I screwed it up by adding charcoal… Sigh.

Win or learn! Awesome, I definitely learned here.

Head study

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I spent the last 20 days achieving a “masterpiece day” every single day so I could earn my new headphones that I bought on a discount. This morning I got them all setup and had a wonderful time focusing with some great sounding music.

What needs work? What did you learn?

Motivation is back, now I really need to get my sleep under control.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

I’m going to do a lot of research this week to deeply analyze my sleep data and get that dialed in so I can really rock my days.

Session Details

  • Session: 2858
  • Work: 1751
  • Width: 12"
  • Height: 18"
  • Medium: Graphite, Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 3.25
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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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  1. I see the difference between the feeling of “habit” and “ritual”. It feels more reverent with ritual, something we don’t skip, because it’s sacred. Habit is something we do because it’s routine, without meaning or thought behind it. Brushing my teeth is a habit. I like the idea of holding my writing as a sacred ritual.

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