I have always struggled with English Grammar (English is my second langauge in case you’re wondering), and in some way I still do. When it comes to visual art, I find that I am more at home with it, and this is true for a lot of us when it comes to learning. There are area of studies where we easily excel and then there are subjects that make us just want to pull our hair out of frustation for not getting it. On and off I have tried to better my understanding of grammar so that I can communicate better—both in writing and in art—and it has been a frustrating experience, but now I’m slowly getting it because I see a parallel with art. Looking back I can now see that I was impatient, forgetting that the key to learning anything new and foreign is patience and perseverance.
“To know ten thousand things, know one well.” — Miyamoto Musashi
If you know one thing, and just one thing, then know it well. That one thing that you know so well will help you to move on to the next—it will unlock new information and open your mind to see with more clarity. You see, intead of just focusing on Nouns and Pronouns, I was all over the places reading stuff on adjectives, verbs etc… Basically, I was trying to take in more than I could handle and confused myself in the process. Not to mention that there were missing links that made it hard to understand more advanced concepts. Now I take it step by step and I don’t frustrate myself with advanced concepts. I want to know Nouns, both its form and usage, and I want to know them well before I move on to the next on the list of The Eight Parts of Speech.
Friends, you who are struggling with art, be patient. Stay focused on the basics and fundamentals. Don’t skip them. Study them and know them well.
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.” — Bruce Lee