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nolan

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on: October 04, 2010, 06:06:49 PM
All too often we just run off and start painting without spending more than a fleeting moment to plan the painting.

We soon find that we run into problems though as things never quite turn out as well as we had hoped they would.
Have a great idea for a painting is not enough, even painting an award winning photograph often doesn't translate into a good painting.

The reason is simple : The image we picture in our mind or what we see in a photograph is to our mind "perfect" and our mind doesn't question it. Especially a photograph. Your mind can see it's a perfect reproduction of the real thing and has no reason to question what it sees. The minute we paint that scene though, our mind can see that it is not the real thing and starts to question every aspect of it. You will be surprised at how "picky" your mind can become when it looks at a painting.

That is when we need to start using our artists license to change things, leave things out and move things around. We can't however just change for the sake of changing, we need to change in such a way that we can better fool the eye. If we do a good job, then your mind will question less and appreciate more.

Next time you are about to start painting, stop and ask yourself : have I planned what goes where?

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Reply #1 on: October 09, 2010, 01:42:33 PM
Very well put!  I can't tell you how many times I started to pick up a paintbrush then forgot what I was going to do.  I hadn't considered before, but it is as you say - at least for me.  My mind is picky (perfectionist?) and I become frustrated and disappointed that I cannot reproduce what my mind's eye sees.  This may still be the case in the future, but with a plan and practice I will get closer to achieving a better painting.
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Reply #2 on: October 09, 2010, 03:15:00 PM
that is what the whole Perfect Painting course is about so you should get good use out of the course  :clap:


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Reply #3 on: November 22, 2010, 02:59:24 PM
This has definately hit the nail on the head!  :tongue: I generally start out with the best of intentions...what I will paint, what goes where, which colours to use, then it happens... :o  I get carried away and start right in without properly finishing the layout and wonder why it doesn't look right. I was sure I drew in  a ? right there. In my minds eye I drew in the ? but in reality completely missed it out.   ??? Sometimes it may actually work out for the better...but usually not.  ::) Planning takes practice, and discipline.  :)
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Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 03:54:40 PM
It does take practice and discipline, especially in the beginning, but the more you do it, the more it comes naturally. Just like driving a car, eventually you can do it on "autopilot"   and you find yourself changing and improving your paintings instinctively  :)


 

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