holds barred" sounds tough, and slightly scary, but I'm feeling particularly
intense about not wasting time learning how to paint like I want to paint. The
clock is ticking, but that really doesn't mean much. The clock is going to tick
no matter if we spend the time working on our painting art and learning from
serious painting artists or just sitting around thinking and talking about it.
|Advent of the Muses by Scott Noel, oil on linen, 56 x 72.
To that end,
I've come up with a few reminders and tips about why we can create fine art paintings right now.
If they are true for me, they might be true for you.
- One sitting
is enough. I sometimes stop myself from even starting a painting because I get
overwhelmed by the time I think I need to invest. But it is good to remember
that one sitting or studio session can reap a lot if I stay focused and give
myself a manageable goal.
- Scrape it
away. Like trying to ride a bike with a bent wheel, continuing to work on a
fine-art painting when I know something is wrong is a complete waste of energy. So I am committed
to the idea of scraping it away and attempting passages again or working
through painting techniques differently in order to get a different (hopefully
- Don't waste
time mixing paint. I always feel like I am forced to get out of the groove to
mix more paint, so from now on I am going to mix big batches of paint with a
knife and save myself time.
|Octavia and Antonia Divide the Empire by Scott Noel, oil on linen (two panels), 72 x 108.
For the sake
of you and your art, don't flinch away from getting intense about your work. Go
after what you want! Learn how to paint with the skills you know you want to have! Conquer the
painting techniques that have tripped you up in the past! That's certainly my
plan, and I'm starting with the bestselling resources we have available for
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