messing around with (mostly abstract) watercolors lately. trying to put in at least 15 hours a week of actual painting/drawing/printing time. of course another 15 are spent setting up, cleaning up, procuring supplies, organizing the studio, planning, image research, viewing art at museums and galleries and of course searching for inspiration/motivation. my thought is, it doesn't matter what i produce, it only matters that i produce, that i show up and do my best effort every day. takes the thinking out of it, less pressure, more freedom. all of these things encourage quality. plus that 10,000 hours business. you know, the concept (born out through research) that to become expert at anything what's really required is not so much talent but 10,000 hours of effort to become accomplished. whether it is speaking french, cooking, writing a novel, negotiating business deals, becoming a yogi, painting. step 1, put in the time. what i love about watercolors are the light, the color, the transparency. the immediacy of a wet brush in your hand that is going to dry really quickly, or drip and splotch up your work in the blink of an eye. good fun.