In a manner of speaking, this BobBlast is a PepTalk! So - you're in your studio. You’re in front of your canvas, because you want to paint. Your job is to be happy, explore, experiment and be happy about it! The following points are on my checklist when I get ready to paint!
Attitude and Passion - Before jumping in with your passion, think about why you are painting this piece in the first place. Write it down. Write down your goal. Now, your head is clear, your goals are established, so passionately go after it.
Decisions to makes:
•Decide on your tools and your medium. Put away everything else. If the tools you have in your workspace do not serve you, put them away.
•Decide on your composition, the graphic design of your painting.
•Decide on your color combination and get out only those colors.
•Stop too soon. Think about this, a painting is never finished… it just stops at an interesting place, usually at 90%. Do not give the viewer all the information, thereby inviting the viewer into your work. And here’s something to think about: It takes less than three seconds for the viewer to decide if they are interested in the painting. So, make the painting interesting.
Finally, your painting series should include what I call, the 5 C’s:
1. Concept - Your Intention
2. Composition Design
3. Color Combination
4. Commitment to the Concept
5. Continue the Series
Paint the way you have always wanted to paint. Paint your way. A successful painter paints what they know and what they feel about a subject they love. Have the courage to follow your commitment to your concept/original idea. Paint until the painting says, Stop! Repeat the same theme over and over. This becomes your series.
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