Whether you want to paint realism or abstract, the backbone is your ability “to see” and recreate what you see.
Your ability to see and developing this ability, is all about design and being able to see and create pleasing shapes, designs, values, colour temperatures and other principles of design. Sometimes the differences are so minute, barely perceptible. Sometimes your job as an artist is to exaggerate to make sure your story is understood, sometimes your job is to diminish.
Learning to see is a learnable skill. After all, you can drive a car, write your name and you can knit, sew, hammer a nail and mow the lawn. Therefore, you have the ability to learn to draw – learn to see.
If it’s been a while since you last sketched, keep it simple, small and do-able – lemons, apples, cup and saucer, whatever is handy, just slow down, enjoy the process, concentrate and relax.
ciao cari pittori
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Your emails are so informative! I must confess I've watched a couple of your demos from beginning to end, and it makes me want to watercolor!!! I've only ever painted with oil or acrylics and haven't know how to begin with WC. Your content is excellent!
Thank you for your tips. They inspired me to practise and I realised I haven’t been loading the brush properly. I learnt about adding more paint, and not water, to washes. In today’s tips I like the idea of painting with purpose. Your tips are very helpful. I very much appreciate receiving them. Elizabeth
Hi Amanda I enjoyed your post and generous tips. Looked up Dan Burt I begin to see that you can colour any subject to give it pizazz so long as the tone and form is correct Certainly adding value now to my attempts Thanks heaps Annie
Yes very wise words. Agree with not fussing and agree with comments about good quality paint. Well written and inspirational as always. Cheers Janet xxxx
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