Go to the museum
Spend time in front of original paintings.
There’s so much to learn by meticulously studying the work of a master painter. Sargent is one of the best to learn from because he was so gestural. In his work, you can see the energy behind every piece of the canvas. Up close you notice the direction of his stroke, the speed and dryness of a certain passage, the long smooth fades within a luxurious material and the softness of a woman’s face.