Daily Doodles: All skill is developed through diligent practice, and time and space for practice has to be carved out into one’s life. Perfect conditions are a rarity, and waiting on these, few people ever develop refined techniques or broad knowledge bases.
Currently and oddly for me, I have several hours a day of desk work, where I have strings of fleeting moments of downtime each day, and I choose to fill these moments with the practice of brushwork, something I’ve picked up again this year after having not done much for the past five years or so.
Keeping notepads, sketchbooks, and brush pens at the ready sets the causes and conditions for practice into motion, and I then choose two or three characters a day to brush over and over and over again- slowly and quickly, large and small, block and cursive script.
Ultimately my brushwork is still very juvenile, but I’ve fallen in love with the pursuit of accuracy in this practice, and that sort of love is likely the prerequisite for making time to developing any skill. We tend to find ourselves exactly where we want to be.