“Knowledge isn’t power until it is applied.”
― Dale Carnegie
In high school, I discovered a really odd thing about myself – I liked trigonometry and calculus. I was an artist — what could possibly have made me care about abstract formulas?? Despite the silliness of it, I was good at it so I did study hard to learn the content. And…it paid off.
In a job I was to hold a few years later, I was tasked with operating a photostat camera to make enlargements in a particular way, in several mind-bending steps. When I was trained, I was told there was no fully accurate way of achieving the task, so an 80% success rate was considered “good enough” in this job.
However…I came with my knowledge of advanced math. (Which I had been sure would never be used again in my lifetime.) I sat down and figured out a very specific formula that would work for *any* situation, with a 100% success rate. My understanding of math not only made my own job significantly less taxing…but gained respect from my fellow staff and suervisors.
Knowledge became power when I applied it in my job – that formula is forever cemented in my mind because I used the calculation in a real-world application.
The same principle applies to our artistic learnings – we can watch all the videos and look at all the art we wish, but until we apply what we are learning – until we create something – it has no power. That’s one reason I, the instructor here at art-classes, take classes all the time. The barn painting was created in a class with Björn Bernström recently….knowledge gained from the instructor, applied during class and since, to cement what I learned in actual practice. (And if Björn ever begins to host online classes, I’ll let you know!)
Get out there and do something with what you are learning. Create!