Welcome to the Cooper Studio, Jefferson, Iowa, currently on leave of absence to Longmont, Colorado!
No matter the leave of absence, there are still artistic lessons to be had. From a two year old, to be exact.
Let me set the scene: so you have a Little Tikes slide, two plastic trucks, a blue ball, and a very outstanding :) two year old . Surely I've already mentioned being the lucky abuela who gets to stay with Arridian while mommy and daddy are away?
Of course, because he is a two year old boy, and the slide is a Little Tikes slide, we did several runs with Arridian down the slide. Then I learned how many times it takes a two year old to send two plastic trucks down the slide one at a time and think that he's practiced that skill enough. 357 times. Then we changed it up a bit, put the blue ball in the back of one of the trucks. Down the slide they go. Let's call that one 243 times. We changed it up again. Truck #1, truck #2, and then the blue ball, one at a time. Not a clue as to how many times that sequence happened. (yes, I exaggerate, I did not count slide trips, but you get the picture, I am sure)
So now you are wondering how this applies to a painter?
Everybody knows kids learn by repetition, right? Why should artists be any different? 50 paintings does not make an artist any more than a handful of trips down the slide makes a two year old a slide authority.
Isn't repetition just another name for practice? If not, it should be. Hey, advice from a two year old: repetition is a good thing :)