Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rx Remedies

From comments it seems that many readers would appreciate learning about exercises aimed at improving their art.  It is one thing to read about it or look at it, but that is very different from doing it.  I think I will make some posts on Rx Remedies spaced out between the regular posts.  Please feel free to comment comment on this proposal.  This is part of the purpose of this blog.

Gray and Simplified

The subject areas come from my experiences and observations in my classes and painting sessions of my own and with others.  These Rx Remedies will include exercises aimed at enhancing the core building blocks such as shapes, values, colour, paint quality, and edges.  In turn the exercises will also help with subject matter choice and design, and the elevation of the design to an art form.  The exercises can be thought of as workshops.  Everyone knows that a workshop (say a day) will really only give you one idea, and that the idea will only become yours after you leave the workshop and give it practice.  Your paintings will improve as you practice a set of the ideas in such a way as to be able to connect them together.  There are no short cuts to this, practice, practice, practice.  That is the secret.  The Rx Remedies will be spaced out enough to allow for practice.  Those looking for instant gratification will probably not participate, preferring facebook instead.

Summer Study

Bright Day Winter Study

I think Harold was right.  For a representational painter, landscapes outside, still life, figurative, imagination, inside.  Portraiture from life, inside or outside.

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