Friday, December 16, 2011

Giving Myself an Hour

I am always covered in paint. I can't help it, don't even know how it happens. I will start a project and within twenty minutes I have paint on my hands, face, clothes and in my hair.

Giving Myself an Hour

I believe that there are certain things that you can only learn by doing. Painting is one of them. In the many years that I have been painting, one of the most valuable tools, if not THE most valuable tool, has been the painting of quick studies. I used to give myself the entire day to complete a painting, but I learned that I can learn so much more about “editing” a painting by allowing myself only one hour in which to complete a simpler painting. This is not about creating extraordinary paintings, but about learning what to keep and what not to keep, and forcing myself to make quick decisions has been such a great tool. I highly recommend this to artists, whether you be a beginner or if you have been painting for many years, allowing yourself only an hour to complete a painting will tremendously help your technique and improve your skills.
* Get a timer, set it for 60 minutes and DO NOT go over the 60 minutes. Even if your painting isn’t completely finished, you must discipline yourself to stay within the hour.

* Start with a small painting surface. I wouldn’t go any larger than 8X10” at first

* Keep your palette simple. If you try to get too colorful, you will end up complicating a painting that was meant to remain simple.

* Practice everyday, don’t give up. I promise that you will be richly rewarded.

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1 comment:

  1. Great work! Your paintings and photos are amazing. I also really like the idea of setting aside an hour for creativity. Sometimes, I get super obsessed with a project and spend all day tinkering with it -- but I think there is sometimes a lot of value in stepping away. Thanks for the tip. Best wishes!