• Why most of your paintings will not contribute to your skills and what you should do about it?

    It happened back in 2011. They had deployed 300 000 units in two French cities. I had come back from a sabbatical and had to start working as a computer science engineer again. The gods assigned me on a huge project. No one really wanted to go there and I was doomed. So I was assigned a new office in the smart meter department. You don’t know what a smart meter is? Don’t worry, you won’t need to know and besides no one really knows what these little robots are. The project at that time was composed of about 50 people in our company and probably 50 in the company that…

  • Why being persistent is more important than anything else if you want to become an excellent painter or artist

    It was getting near Christmas. I was discouraged. I had engaged all my men into the battle. But it was still out of reach. I just couldn’t hear it. How was that possible? Julian had promised I would hear it after two years of listening and I still didn’t. I had started just after quitting my job. At first, I didn’t have any ambitions. I was just trying to help my wife. She was struggling and I thought I could help her. But I had so much fun with it that after six months of listening, I thought I’d push it further. After all, it had been my first love…

  • Leonardo’s lost eye and why you should be careful about closing one eye

    Two years ago, I was sitting relaxed in my chair listening to the examination of the patient before me. Strangely enough, the doctor’s office didn’t have any door. No doctor patient confidentiality! Can you believe that? But I didn’t mind! On the contrary, I like listening to people’s stories and problems.  There’s always something one can learn from others. But the patient didn’t seem to have too much of a problem. He was at the end of his treatment series and his eyes were recovering perfectly. It didn’t take long before the doctor took me in. For once, I hadn’t waited more than a few minutes in a doctor’s waiting…

  • Should You Finish Your Work ?

    One of the possible things you might have encountered as a learning artist is deciding how far to push a piece of work. Whether it was intended as a finished painting or a training exercise, there seems to be always a point where things slow down and we don’t know why or how to continue. These experiences can become very frustrating as works stay for days or weeks on the easel before getting finally put away out of weariness. In this post, I’d like to give you some insights about these situations and possible ways to deal with them. Let’s be more concrete by taking two examples of my own…

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