Posts tagged simplify shapes
After 10 Years of Hard Work, I Got Back to Basics! Mark Fehlman

I just celebrated my first 10 years as a full time artist. That’s about 30,000 hours of work. For most of my life (starting at about 9 years old) I saw myself as an architect, and had a very successful practice for over 30 years. At 52, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to pursue new career as an artist. Since then, I have never regretted that decision. So after ten years of intense work and study with my favorite artists like Ray RobertsLori Putnam, and John Asaro, I wanted to find a way to create a leap in my abilities as an artist. I thought long and hard about how to do that, and decided to go back to basics.

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Method to the Magic and Other Creative Musings, Jennifer McChristian

Often people ask me about the difference between how I work when painting a studio piece versus how I work when painting outdoors. With plein air there is a certain amount of spontaneity, mental fortitude and ingenuity that is required to complete a painting in one session.  Working en plein air engages you in its visceral experience and makes you more sensitive to subtle color changes and tonal gradations due to changing atmospheric conditions.  Because of these quickly changing conditions I am forced to paint in a more intuitive and expressive manner, capturing the essence and impression of my subject matter and omitting unnecessary and irrelevant detail.  Painting from life is essential to every artist.  It sharpens the memory, dramatically improves draftsmanship, and gradually enhances painting proficiency. 

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