Painting With No Holds Barred--Plus Our Best Resources Are On Sale!!!

24 Jan 2013

Going "no 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.
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 better!) result.
  • 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.
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 learning how to paint. And right now, the Resolve to Save Sale at the North Light Shop has just started. You can get all the instructional guides you need to take your art where you want to go, at a great price. Enjoy!

 


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