It's an odd thing. I am not sure how it works but sometime I practice too much. I have been working on some new painting techniques for weeks now and for some reason I was not able to get it no matter how hard I tried. I go away go away for the weekend come back and pow!! I am able to do it correctly the first attempt. Then repeat the process.
I have seen this happen in the martial arts and dancing as well. Totally unable to do it correctly after a week of hard work and after a short break its almost like by brain needed time to process it in the background.
Painting like many things requires practice. And many of the techniques are easy to understand but not so easy when the brush hits the canvas.. Concept, dexterity and inspiration need to all be in agreement for art to happen.
I am curious if anyone else have noticed jumps in painting or drawing skills after a short break?