Saturday, March 17, 2007

What I've Learned from Painting

In no particular order, here are some observations that have come to me over the past two months.

  • A little color goes a long way. Apply sparingly.
  • At some point you have to let go. There is no perfect painting.
  • Treat your canvas like your clothes. Take great care not to spill or stain.
  • There is nothing so joyous as a clean stroke.
  • When painting, the world is only centimeters deep.
  • A clear mind produces better work.
  • The next painting will be better.
  • The greatest moment of tension comes just before applying the first stroke.
  • Always test your brush before applying paint.
  • Never start in the center. Start on the fringes where a mistake is less likely to be noticed.
  • Applying paint requires control over a number of variables: color and shade, amount of paint to water, even application, controlled movement. The best artists control all simultaneously.



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