The famous Polish pianist and composer, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, is known for saying, "If I miss one day of practice, I notice it. If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it.”
We read about dancers spending hours working behind the scenes, we see baseball players doing their routines prior to a game, and we know musicians go through many hours honing their skills. What do visual artists do out of sight to enhance their skills and creative expression?
Prowling through the notebooks of Leonardo, seeing Michelangelo's preliminary sketches, and reading Delacroix's journal give us insights into their behind the scenes work. We discover that a lot of working out of ideas and germinating preceded every work they produced.
These were not done for us to admire centuries later. Rather, they were the creative process in action, raw energetic explorations, discoveries and rehearsals for what was to come. These were their behind the scenes workouts.