Your painting repertoire

How good a painter are you?

Most people will answer:

  • "I've never painted."
  • "I'm just a beginner."
  • "I'm an amateur painter."
  • "I'm just average, I guess!"
  • "I only do abstracts"

Now what if your answer was:

  • "I paint Monet"
  • "... and Van Gogh,"
  • "... plus some Gauguin,"
  • "... and a couple by Vermeer."

How would that affect your self-perception of your painting skill level?

This may seem like a radical way to approach painting, but actually it is the exact way that millions of people learn to play music, every day, all round the world. They learn repertoire.

What is repertoire?

Repertoire is a story, told in a specific medium. It may be art, music, writing or film. A music student would answer the question, "How good are you?" something like this. I play:

  • Classical pieces by Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi
  • Rock by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, and
  • Pop by The Beatles, Kylie Minogue and Elton John."

The repertoire is what it is all about. The repertoire contains all the skill sets.


By setting a short time frame to create our repertoire piece we gain an invaluable skill which improves everything you do in life: FOCUS.

If you set a goal of "creating some kind of artwork in a 2 day period". then you will do exactly that. You will create "some kind of artwork in a 2 day period".

What if you set a goal of "painting a masterwork in 3 hours"? Well, immediately your mind is more focussed. You now have:

  • A time limit
  • A definite piece of work to create.

And, given the right processes to work with, it does work!

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." - Carl Jung.