New Skills

Arbutus Grove, 24x30, acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

One of the best things about the artistic journey is having endless opportunities to learn new things. Having a well defined path is a great thing, but for me, it can get tiring. So I like to mix things up every now and then. I like to take a workshop, pick up a new art book, watch an on-line demo. There have never been so many different ways to learn new things as nowadays - from free demos on the internet, to extravagant workshops all around the world.

In the last few days I've been working on my palette knife skills, inspired by my new friend, Linda Wilder, an amazing acrylic painter, whose workshop I recently attended. Go check out her web site to see how it's supposed to be done!

Here are some of my experiments - my palette knife skills need a lot of improvement!

The challenge with learning is not just to master a new technique, but also to explore possibilities of the new skill, to figure out how to incorporate it into our own work, rather than just replicate the teacher's lesson.

This is a journey that takes time, patience, and creativity - the stuff that we artists have in abundance, right?

Well, I am sure we all try our best, although patience has never been one of my strengths, and time is always in demand. I guess I'll have to rely on creativity.

happy learning, and don't eat too much candy tonight!