For the Painter #16: A Special Kind of Artist
For the Painter #16: A Special Kind of Artist

For the Painter #16: A Special Kind of Artist

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"The artist is not a special kind of person; rather, each person is a special kind of artist."

–Ananda Coomaraswamy

This week in For the Painter #16...

1. You are not alone in your struggles.

You know that moment when your painting takes a turn for the worse and you realize you've made the same mistake again? You might think you are the only painter who doesn't get it, the only painter who is not improving.

Trust me, you're not alone. From the results of the recent survey I sent out, it's obvious we all struggle with similar components of the painting process and the creative process.

The next time you feel discouraged or find yourself doubting your art process, take comfort in the fact that you're not alone. We've all been there! Some of us are there right now. Let's keep going.

2. Why edges are important in your painting

"Edges orchestrate how your eye moves on your painting. Control the edges, and you control how the viewer's eye moves."

In this 9-minute video, Ian Roberts shows a technique for controlling edges. Ian works in oil paint, but the concepts are valid for any medium.

Watch the video and in your next painting, try this technique of losing an edge or softening an edge.

3. Warm Color Palettes for Fall

Do you ever select a limited color palette and create a painting using only those colors?

Autumn is an excellent time for this. Read this post by Lisa Takahashi for some inspiration. Lisa is showing limited palettes in acrylic paint. For watercolor painters, you could choose a few colors and use water to lighten the tones (rather than white paint).

Pick a limited color palette and have fun this week with a fall-inspired painting! Send me a photo of the results. I think I'll try two warms and one cool.

Have a good week,

Vinita

PS If you filled out the painting survey I sent out a few weeks ago and didn't get your invite to our live Zoom session tomorrow, please respond to this email and let me know.

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