Monday, December 31, 2012

The Start


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.  
  Happy New Year!

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