Monday, December 18, 2017
Which is More Important in Making Art: Quality or Quantity?
This is an interesting question for a daily painter. By default I have to go with quantity. The more I paint the more I learn and the more I improve. Over on Patreon we have been reading the book 'Art & Fear' by David Bayles and Ted Orland.
One of the passages we have been discussing is the idea of quality vs quantity. In the book the authors share a story about a pottery teacher who divided his class into two groups. One group had the entire class series to work on making one perfect pot. The other group was instructed to create as many pots as possible during the same time period. The result was that the quantity group produced better pots because they had more practice. The quality group spent more time studying and trying to figure out how to make the perfect pot and so they didn't have enough time to practice and lean from their mistakes.
What an eye opening idea! I believe it is true that the more you practice the more you learn and improve. Quantity will ultimately lead to quality!
This has been the case for me. I began painting everyday shortly after I took up pastels in 2005. Practicing has made a huge difference for me. Have look at one of my very first pine tree paintings. This one was done plein air about 6 months after I started painting. I can look at it now and give it a good critique but at the time I thought it wasn't too bad! I have learned much over the last 12 years. Now scroll up to the top of the page to see two pine tree paintings that I did this month. Quantity leads to quality. I am looking forward to seeing what I will do after another few years of practice!
click here to see my very first blog posts: http://kemstudios.blogspot.com/2005/07/