|'Across the Desert' 8x8 Pastel ©Karen Margulis sold|
At the show I saw an artist who made Native American flutes. He was playing one and I was captivated. I love listening to native American flute when I paint Southwest landscapes but I never considered learning to play a flute. I really couldn't afford these beautiful flutes but I was haunted by them.
I decided to buy one on Ebay. I found one that I could afford and was willing to take my chances. I just wanted to try it. It came on Wednesday...nothing like almost instant gratification! And I am thrilled with it. It sounds pretty good even if I don't know what I am doing.....yet.
That is the key and the lesson. I don't know how to play it but it came with a book and a CD. I am on lesson #3 so far and making progress. And I know that if I really truly want to learn to be proficient and not just dabble.....I will need to have a plan to practice EVERY DAY. If I practice my scales once a week I will make very slow progress. If I practice for 15 to 30 minutes every day I will become a better player in a short amount of time.
The book that came with the flute is actually what has inspired me even more than the flute itself. The author John Vames has organized the lessons into small do-able chunks. He stresses the importance of practice and of having a plan to learn. This applies to learning how to paint or learning a new medium as well.
WE NEED TO HAVE A PLAN TO PRACTICE FOR SUCCESS!
Here are some or Mr. Vames tips:
- Plan to practice every day.
- At the end of each session you should be able to do something you couldn't do before.
- Get organized and have all your supplies ready and together.
I think that artists can follow this same advice. I am inspired to promote this idea and help new pastelists so stay tuned to see what will develop from this afternoon at the craft show!