What's the point of painting studies? + life

Beginning of jan 2019, i got so bummed out. can’t paint anything. Delayed my commissions (So grateful to have understanding clients). I was in a deep rut hole.

To make myself get back in the grind. I reminisced my experience of being in a rut in the past, I tried to dig out what made me get into the grind. I came into two choices:

1) look into my favourite artists’ work and get inspired or

2) copy my favourite artist’s work for study.

look below to see which one I chose ( spoiler alert it’s #2)

Top: 1st study - didn’t come out right  Right: 2nd try - same study diff colour choices.  bottom: 3rd attempt (getting better!)

Top: 1st study - didn’t come out right

Right: 2nd try - same study diff colour choices.

bottom: 3rd attempt (getting better!)

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The trauma on landscapes haunted me when I failed my painting subject in high school and then I still get low grades on my painting class during college. I thought i’m set for failure if i still go into landscapes. I proved myself wrong 10 years later until 2018, when i first took the leap to try on landscape painting.

I know myself my learning pace isn’t amazing. I learn things through repeating things over and over again. At this rate you know how much failure i’ve experienced until it is normal to have now.

I am a big big fan of kazuo oga’s work. He’s paintings are such a great material to study.

I am a big big fan of kazuo oga’s work. He’s paintings are such a great material to study.

If you are currently in a rut or perhaps no motivation? Set a goal in doing studies and don’t expect some magic to happen. It take time to make the fire spark again. Patience and persistence. Two powerful keys in pursuing into what you’re passionate about.