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#CarveDecember 2022: Days 5-8

How to Practice Effectively aka Creating an Artistic Practice

My husband, Steve, always corrects me when I say, "Practice makes perfect."  It's a holdover from an old soccer coach of his who used to say, "Perfect practice makes perfect."  And it's kind of true.  Just doing a thing doesn't necessarily make you any better.  If you watch this video, you'll see that you create a kind of neural superhighway based on practice.  But for those neural superhighways to be effective, you need to practice with intention. Watch the video for more:

Take aways:

  • Minimize the distractions.
  • Start out slowly.
  • Gradually increase the speed of the quality repetitions.
  • Frequent repetitions with a lot of breaks.
  • Divide your time used for effective practice into multiple daily practice sessions of limited duration.
  • Practice in your brain in vivid detail.

If you're hoping to get better at painting or collage or design or any art form, you have to practice.  And you have to practice with intention and focus.  One of the major things I focus on with my private coaching clients and Design Boot Camp students is developing a consistent artistic practice.  This is how you improve.  It is the structure you create to allow your art to flourish.  You can think of your artistic practice routine as a trellis.  If you want your artwork to flourish, you need to build that trellis for your creativity to climb.

Creating an artistic practice is easier than you think.  Here are the four simple elements that you need to begin to build an artistic practice:

  • A goal.  What do you want to achieve?
  • A time limit. Everybody needs a deadline.  Having a deadline helps you to create a plan and assess your success or failure.
  • A plan.  Sit down with pencil and paper and figure out the logistics of reaching your goal.  How will you do it? What resources do you need?  What schedule will you use?  Etc.
  • Commitment.  This might be the single most important item on this list.  An artistic practice requires a real commitment.  You have to make it a regularly scheduled part of your life.  It doesn't have to be every day, but it does need to be regular and a priority.

Do you have an artistic practice?  I'd love to hear about it!

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