Jeez, you've explained the way I've been learning to draw for a few years now! I always felt sort of bad when I "stole" aspects of other art I liked because I always got the impression that great artists just came up with stuff on their own without the assistance of anything, but reading this essay has helped me understand that learning from other artists is just as valid as looking directly nature. I also noticed that I often find myself in the naturalist or scientist mode and that I'm probably going to try to remix a little more than usual.
So that's what Picasso meant by that quote. My art history class and I was confused by what he meant, haha. Thanks for the clarification in your own words. I always say "Practice makes better" because perfect is impossible to reach plus it seem like you are stopping when you achieved 'perfect'. All artists no matter what is still growing into one whether it's beginner or a professional.
Very deep and very inspiring! Among the visual aids provided by this little comic, I especially liked the one at the end with the beautiful but rigid crystals versus the growing, thriving tree. Nicely done! ^_^