Video records

I am sure I wrote about this BUT if you are a beginner you should records your process.

If you film a painting from start to finish one thing you will recognize the moment(s) when mistakes happen that will kill the painting in the end.

Watch out!

Trying

Does it make sense to try something that is unlikely to be successful?

It depends on a few parameters, but one thing should be noted: When you learn something along the way, the result often does not matter so much.

Music for painting

Inspiration comes from everywhere, if we are ready and open for it.

Listen to some music instrumentals to find a mood that grabs you and then take this mood and catch it in quick and loose sketches. Sketch without thinking, just hear the music and let your intuition take over.

Maybe you can create a painting with a specific song playing in your head.

 

Do you see a pattern?

We have an infinitive amount of subjects that could inspire us, but usually we pick the same subjects again and again.

If you can identify the patterns that lead to your choise you will learn a lot about yourself and your art.

What not?

When you want to understand an artist, the way they use perspective, color, values, which themes they pick, and so on there is an easy way to it. Ask:

What is he/she NOT doing?

 

You change your own thinking by asking the opposite. You will get surprising answer especially if you combine this question with a “why?”. The things an artist is avoiding tells you a lot about him.

Free work

It is normal that in the beginning you can not charge the rates you would like to get for the work you do. And if nobody pays you for your work you can work for free or do something else.

If you work for free you can try to get something else from the time you invest.

New contacts, friends and mentors can be found.

Learning is always a great payment.

Happy clients too. They will spread the word and your reputation grows if the work deserves it.

 

Lost a piece II

The work mentioned yesterday is better than expected, but still much worse than hoped. I’ll need to paint some parts completely new to save it.

Whether the revision is worthwhile, I know only afterwards. It would probably be quicker to paint the whole thing again, but I still want to use the opportunity to correct this critical error.

Error correction is an important skill because they can occur at any time.

And they do.

Bad repetition

If we do things really often (to repeat something) we usually get better and better doing this. But what if the thing you repeat is wrong?

If you draw the wrong nose over and over again, you become really good at drawing wrong noses.

This could be part of your style but then you have to it consciously.

Investing

Invest in the products and services you need, but do not cheat on yourself.

What do you really need to do your best work?

Oftentimes it is not too much, but what you need should fulfill its purpose without any (or with really less) problems.