Posts tagged carolyn anderson
The Party's Over... a Parting Gift

Our best-blogger award goes to Carolyn Anderson, for the post Four Ridiculously Simple Ways to Improve your Painting, sending you a little nifty gift for your amazing blog post. Now, all of you who joined in got social, we put your names in the hat to win a little surprise.

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Four Ridiculously Simple Ways to Improve Your Painting, Carolyn Anderson

1. Stop and Look Yes, I know this one sounds obvious, but after 25 years of teaching workshops, I can tell you the most common mistake artists make is to quit looking. I’ve seen far too many artists veer off into trite and predictable painting after a good,strong start simply because they stopped looking at the subject and the canvas with a critical eye.This is often the result of what I call “brush-overdrive” which basically means a person will move the brush around on the canvas just because the brush is in the hand. We could also call it “automatic painting” - something similar to automatic writing which is defined as writing without conscious thought. Although we would all probably like some painting spirit hovering overhead telling us what to do next, count that option as not available and deal with the choices at hand. Just because there is a brush in your hand does not mean you actually have to make a mark on the canvas. Moving the brush and actually putting paint down do not always have to go together.

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