Can painting daily really make you a better artist?

  • Yes, painting daily will put your art painting into overdrive! The more you paint, the better artist you will be.

launch your art by painting every day

There is a current craze among the art community for daily painting. Artists are learning to paint daily and to paint often.

Actually this is not new. Professional artists for centuries have been painting almost every day. How else could they turn out so many paintings?

Painting daily can make you a better painter. Oil painting of a Butterfly Fish by Carol MayDaily painting speeds learning.

A popular book "Daily Painting" explains the many perks of painting every day. This book is for the artists who not only want to paint more often, but want to learn more about painting.

There also is a website where you can sell your daily paintings. Or you can put them up for sale or auction on eBay.

who wants to learn to paint?

We (including myself) want to learn more about painting. There is always more to learn! As long as we keep painting, we keep learning.

People often ask, "How long does it take to learn to paint - to become an artist?"

let me ask you

  • "How long does it take to learn to play the piano?"
Cabbage Palms on the Florida seashoreCabbage Palms

There is no exact amount of time to learn to play a piano. It all depends on how much we practice.

When someone starts playing, we don't expect them to immediately play with the symphony orchestra.

Why not?

We first have to learn the different notes of the scale. Our fingers need to learn to hit the correct notes. We may have to learn to read music, etc., etc.

Before we can play with the symphony it takes practice - lots and lots of practice!

  • How often does a baker go to work in their bakery?
  • Does a shoemaker work in his shop only once a month?
  • How about a photographer, do they take photographs only when they are on vacation?

No, they work at their trade often, many times daily.

learning to paint is the same!

Painting takes practice, lots of practice.

The hardest thing about painting is getting started.

Once we get started, it seems like time just flies by because we are so engrossed in the process of painting.

  • Getting started has been my stumbling block.

Painting has been put off until there is a full day to paint.

How often does that happen?!?  Rarely, so my painting sessions have been very intermittent. Sigh!

  • Striving for perfection is another stumbling point.

We can't expect to play a symphony every time we paint. That's not good. It takes the joy out of painting.

what's the answer?

  • Paint more often. We don’t have to do a painting daily, just paint more often.
  • Don't try to be perfect.
  • Keep your heart and mind open to learn new things.
Painting practice is a fun way to learn.Practice is a fun way to learn!

Everyone has a different time restraints. When our heart is set on doing something, we make time.

Myself personally, I am going to paint smaller, more often, and for shorter periods of time.

Instead of painting for perfection -

  • I'll call it practice.

Then I don’t feel so bad if it doesn't turn out good - it's just practice.

Am I happy with this 8"x10" Sunflower painting - not really?

But, I relaxed and enjoyed it more. The looser feel reflects the joy of painting.

painting daily takes child-like faith

Oil Butterfly Painting by Carol MayButterflies are one of my favorites.

A child plays the scale on the piano over and over with dreams of playing in the symphony one day.

Aspiring artists do "practice paintings" over and over on their way to becoming an accomplished painter.

Painting daily is not my habit, but I'm working on making painting a regular habit.

You can do it, too.

This Monarch Butterfly painting and the Banded Butterfly fish up the page are both 8"x8" paintings. A 6"x6" or an 8"x8" size make it easy to complete a painting in a day.

From time-to-time I will share a daily painting on this page.

keep painting and enjoy your painting journey!

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