I was reading the latest letter from The Painter’s Keys today and it kind of hit home a little. It’s about “back to basics” and this quote sums it up: “some accomplished artists insist that you can’t reach a significant level of distinction without a solid grounding in the basics.” He’s talking about artists (painters in particular, but I think it can be applied to many disciplines) who are trying to create a unique, abstract voice without having mastered the things such as composition and other technical skills.
The reason that this hit home is because I’ve been thinking that I need to spend some studio time practicing. I know that I have room to improve things like piercing and clean soldering, but it takes practice to master even such mundane things as these. The problem is with limited studio time I would rather work on projects than “waste” precious time and materials improving my skills. But isn’t this what makes a master? Taking the time to improve one’s basic skills will only help in the long run. I would be able to accomplish things more quickly and with more ease if I had more mastery of these things. And it would mean less time sanding and filing, which are the banes of my existance.
Needless to say, we all could spend some time practicing the basics to help us stay (or get) on top. The easier it is to get the small stuff done, the more time we have to spend on the hard stuff. That being said, I’m still working on a project this weekend, but then I’ll work some saw time in next week.