Thursday, December 16, 2010

Studying and bullets.

Sounds like we are back in school but both activities are worthwhile for me as an artist. Sometimes a family member or fellow artist will catch me staring at one of my paintings that is in the process of being finished. I am actually studying my work to see if it has all of the elements of a good painting. Is it a good composition? Does it have any repetition or focal point? Where is the light? Is there any contrast? When I answer these questions at the end of a session I put down in bullet form any elements that I may need to adjust the following day. I also make note of which colours I have used or mixed to get this result which is especially helpful if I leave this particular painting for a few days.

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