When I was 4, I started playing the violin. My parents put me in private lessons, mom worked with me (ticka- ticka, stop-stop, for anyone out there that knows the Suzuki method), I played in orchestras, and put on recitals all through high school. I enjoyed it, and I was a good player, but not great compared to others who actually spent real time practicing.
I've never been good at practicing.
Somehow, I got away with winging it, using last minute moments to turn on the creativity and conjure up the skills I'd been taught all those years.
I still do this, but a change is in order. Now that my oldest daughter is taking piano lessons, I am trying to instill in her the discipline of practice.
I don't know if practice makes perfect, but it sure does make better!
Soooo, since floral design is my job and I do actually enjoy it, I am going to practice...in between events and carpools...and hope to get better.
The flowers here are extras I had after doing some mock-ups for an upcoming wedding. Peony, roses, hydrangea, some craspedia from the house, and caladium leaves from the yard. I'm trying a different style here...a little more free-form, yet placing emphasis on individual blooms. Looking at each bloom to inspire what pairs up the best helps to bring out the natural color scheme, I think.
When you really love doing something, practicing can actually be fun! How about that!!!