In-Depth Blog Post #3

Welcome to my third In-Depth Blog Post!

Last week I have been working on my skills and getting comfortable with them. I have been practicing my brush strokes many times per week. I haven’t improved a lot comparing to my last lesson but I still have a lot to improve on. During my most current lesson, I have started to learn more advanced strokes and started to draw basic items (like rocks or bamboo). “The key to mastering these skills fast is to make sure you are proficient in the basics first” is what my mentor told me at the end of the meeting.

My mentor and I haven’t been having any major communication/relationship  issues so far. Whenever I had a question or a problem during the week, I would ask my mentor to confirm  it. They would usually respond to me quickly and help come up with a solution if needed. However, since my mentor hasn’t been in town for these weeks, communication was harder. It should be able to get better after they come back.

Even though I had made a lot of progress with my skills, a lot of difficulties also came up. I don’t have a lot of painting (let alone Chinese Brush Painting) in general so I found it difficult to make sense of everything my mentor was telling me. There were a lot of terms I have never heard of before, so I had to ask a lot of questions to be able to understand. Another difficulty that came up was that my brush broke and I had to get a new one before the next meeting. It wasn’t easy to find a new one, so my father had to lend me one of his until I get a new one.

Thank you for reading this blog post! I hope you enjoyed.

-Claire

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