This is the beginning of a demo for my students. The start of a painting is so critical. At this stage design, value and color are established. All my students hate their paintings at this point. When I ask why, they say "It's not pretty". So focused are beginning students to the end result that they set themselves up for failure. It's like baking a cake...you can't decorate it until it's baked, cooled and frosted before the piping bag comes out for the final details. My final touches are reserved for the last 5-10% of the painting. Build strong structures and the details will literally be the icing on the cake.
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