A – If you want someone to teach you how to paint – only sign up with a teacher whose work you love and admire…and who knows more than you do.
I live in rural New Hampshire and there aren’t a lot of teachers around here. So in order to learn to paint the way I wanted to, I spent two solid years copying the paintings of the Old Masters out of books. When I say two years – I mean it. I put in 40-60 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. I logged in some heavy-duty easel time.
My hairdresser told me that she needed to put in 1500 hours just to get a license to wash my hair. It is funny but I meet an awful lot of artists who aren’t willing to put in this kind of time but somehow expect a good result.
I think hard work over a long time counts more than talent, i.e., perspiration v. inspiration.
Being a full time professional artist is hard work – but I cannot think of any other work I’d rather do.