A short time ago I had the opportunity to be part of a Draw-a-thon that was held at Art and Design, my old high school in New York City. I had a lot of fun drawing from the model even though I struggled the whole time as I worked from the model. It's been a while since I worked from life, even though I have practically preached the importance of it. I went from one bad watercolor to another but it didn't matter. The experience of working from life was more important than coming away with a successful painting (though that would've been nice too). I could have chosen to be discouraged by the experience but when you really want to be good at something, really master it to the best of your ability, whatever that thing might be, it will be the hardest thing you ever do. I am signed up for a lifetime of working at this, looking forward to each new day to practice my craft.
So now I am in a painting class where every Sunday where I work from the model for about 6 hours. Of course that's not enough so I have to get back and keep up with some old habits like painting outdoors and drawing my fellow passengers on the subway.