Enumeration

There are a lot of books about painting – how to, what to use, what to buy – but not a lot inspire.  I found one:  Ted Keller’s Watercolor:  One Person’s Teachings on Watercolor Painting and Becoming an Artist.  Why is he inspirational?  Because he says to paint 100 paintings to learn how to paint; paint 300 paintings to develop your style.  And that says it all.  If I sit around waiting to become a painter, it ain’t gonna happen.

Hence:  enumeration.  I’ve decided that my paintings / drawings should be numbered.  I want to see what I have at 100 paintings, and then 300.  Numbering things is a way to mark progress.  Numbering is a way to organize.  I like numbering things because I have a secret fetish to count some things.  For instance, when I bake, I count to 100 when I mix batter by hand.  When I knead bread, it’s 1-2-3-4 turn.  That way, I stay focused on my task rather than letting my monkey mind get distracted and unfocused.  When I jogged, I did the same thing to set a pace, increasing or decreasing the count of 1-2-3-4 with speed.

Numbering things may seem sort of dorky when it comes to painting or drawing, but it really is a way to mark the passage of time (how old are you?) and growth.  It’s a road map, a guide, a way to see the journey, just as is this blog.

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