As artists, we are always learning. Every time we pick up a brush, pen or other art tool and make a stroke we learn something new. We learn in spite of ourselves. So many things go into a painting. Composition, color, value, design, shapes, light, technique, perspective both in design and aerial. And the list can go on.
Then we have the medium chosen. Sometimes the subject calls for pastel - real hands on. Once in a while for oil beckons us to smoosh the paint around. Ink is fast and immediate, not much turning back.
Now in the watercolor class patience is required. It will come through practice and experience in the medium.
Artists learn from listening, watching and doing. Absorbing what goes on around us helps a great deal. It is good to create with friends, visit museums and try new things. Everyday items can be beautiful. Workshops are a good source of learning. We need to choose wisely and then practice what we learn and use what works for us.
Teaching someone else is learning, too. Teaching reminds the teacher why he/she does something in a certain way. We are inspired by the imagination and creativity of student artists.
How do you learn and what is your favorite medium?
I sketched for Scavenger Hunt 564. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1456765
Number 7, yogurt and Number 8, little - a little brass box with a porcelain inlaid top. I bought this and a larger one and a porcelain box to paint in a still life several years ago. Have I done it? No. They will call to me one of these days.