Analogies

If you want to solve a problem you …

1. … could abstract it (make it less specific)…

2. … so that you can look around a see how this problem or a similar problem is handled in other area by other people.

3. … You search for similarities and

4. … transfer their solution to your problem.

This is how an analogy can help you.

Making collages

Making collages is about finding new connections between things that do not relate at first glace.

How can you bring different things together and make a point or tell a story?

They can’t be too different and too similiar.

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Who or what is wasting your time?

Invest some time to find out and you will have more time afterwards.

Trust

A great sign of trust is when a collector buys an unfinished piece and if he do not ask anything about your plans to finish it.

Enjoy this level of respect for your work.

Old ideas

I like sketchbooks because I can easily switch into my old brain and think about old ideas that were generally good, but my execution at that time was not appropriate.

There is always a gap between idea and execution, but it should not be too big.

Process instead of subject

Maybe it is a good idea to think about the process first. Think about how you will do things and what tools you will use before you commit to a subject.

This is the opposite of a recipe were you want a specific result and the recipe will lead you to that.

If you have a process you can choose whatever ingredients you like and get different and maybe more exciting results.

So let us say you usually pick a photo and paint it like you see it. This is how you do things. Your subject will give you ideas about the support you paint on, the colors and tools you use.

You could start the other way around and pick a wood plate, sand paper, a squeegee and just three colors and look what you can with it.

I am always curious about other processes and try to experiment a lot. I think recipes and art do not go together very well.

 

 

Learning in steps

If you want to learn something try to do it many small steps.

If you want to paint portraits then think about the all rhe steps:

Choosing reference

Planing composition

Doing the preliminary drawing

Painting the first layers

Painting the last layer

Varnishing

And so on.

Go in much more detail and learn each step at its time. If you have problems with one step you may had a problem in the step before without knowing it.

Painting what you see

There is a difference between painting what you see, painting what you think you see and painting what you want to see.

Always separate these three to stay in control. Artists live from their choices not their accidents.

For you and us

A painting should not show us what you can.

It should show us what we can do (with it).

If a painting is about showing us your muscles, it is for you.

If painting is about our desires, emotions, mood, story, life, if it teaches us something about the world then it is art and … for us.