Friday, January 24, 2014

January 24, 2014

I just listened something on  youtube, first seen on Facebook, that was very encouraging, especially when it comes to learning to paint.  I'm putting the link here. 

The topic is about how it doesn't really take 10,000 hours to learn something new.  It takes 20 hours to learn something new. 

The speaker breaks it down into four steps:  (of course, I was applying all this to painting as I listened).

1.  Deconstruct the skill.

2.  Learn enough to self-correct.

3.  Remove practice barriers.

4.  Practice for at least 20 hours.

LEARN to PAINT or anything you want to learn.

Thank you to the author, Josh Kaufman, of the #1 international bestseller, 'The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business', as well as the upcoming book 'The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything.' Josh specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way.

I'm still learning, but I know I've put in 20 hours.


  1. Love these vivid radishes! Really like the looseness of the leaves--great feel to the painting. I enjoy painting radishes, partly the beautiful reds.


  2. Thanks so much. Reds are fun to paint, I agree.

  3. I think the 10,000 hours is for mastery of a skill. But it is nice to know there is a theory that 20 hours is enough to make some nice progress! You have a wonderful style. I love the bright red too, and that pretty striped tablecloth.

  4. I just watched that you-tube video. My Feb. plan was to work on my landscapes. I bought books on composition and technique - and learned enough to self correct. Barriers to practice were already removed by the habit of daily painting. Now I think I will approach the practice a little differently. This will be my next challenge!

    1. It was encouraging wasn't it? My goal is to paint some big paintings, even 8 x 10's. I tried the dpw challenge using the idea of abstract shapes. I'm always reminding myself to look for abstract shapes and values.