Jerry Saltz, in his wonderful article How To Be An Artist, extols the virtue of doing something a minimum of 100 times.
Step Two, Experience:
"10. Find your own voice, then exaggerate it. If someone says your work looks like someone else's and you should stop doing it, I say don't stop doing it. Do it Again. Do it 100 times or 1,000 times ... if it still looks like the other person's, try a different path."
"13. Scavenge. Life is your syllabus: gather from everywhere ... you can do this by looking for overlooked periods of art history, disliked and discredited styles, and forgotten ideas, images and objects. Then work them into your own art 100 or 1,000 times."
It's true, doing something 100 times really does have an amazing effect.
There are 33 rules and a number of exercises in this article. I copied them all into a notebook and I find useful wisdom in every single one of them.
<<<Newsflash!>>> Apparently, Jerry Saltz's article is going to become a book! I just found this on Vulture, the culture and entertainment site from New York magazine. Apparently there are now 70 rules!
Speaking of dates, there will be no Weekly next Sunday as I will be out for the whole weekend, so -
Thanks for visiting, see you in a fortnight! - when I will probably have a few more cats to show you.
And just a quick PS: I used to do other pupils' punishment exercises of 100 lines for them at school. I loved writing the same sentence over and over again, trying to imitate their handwriting. It paid well and worked wonders for my forgery techniques!