For the Painter #24: Little and Often
For the Painter #24: Little and Often

For the Painter #24: Little and Often

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"There are lots of creative endeavours that lend themselves to being worked on in small, regular segments of time."

–Michael Nobbs

This week in For the Painter #24...

1. Watercolor Winter Florals

Just for fun, here is a watercolor florals video by Jenna Rainey. I don’t know about you, but for me, January is a bit of a blah month. The holidays are over, it’s cold and wet outside, and the days are still short. Painting a few simple flowers is a good reminder that spring is on its way!

2. Painting Composition

“The two examples I have chosen here are busy, complicated-looking subjects. Without some sort of simplification, they would result in a confusing painting with conflicting points of interest randomly scattered across the surface.”

In this article, John Lovett shares his process for simplifying a reference photo to create a pleasing composition. The resulting paintings represent the subject but in a much more interesting (and successful) way than the original photograph.

Often we see a finished painting and assume that the reference was an ideal scene, but you can see from this article that painters, like Lovett, can create a fantastic painting from mediocre reference.

3. Sustainable Creativity

“There are lots of creative endeavours that lend themselves to being worked on in small, regular segments of time.”

This free ebook from artist Michael Nobbs will help you nurture your creativity.

Michael Nobbs suffers from a chronic illness that severely limits how much he can do each day. “Little and Often” has become his mantra for creating in a gentle and sustainable way.

In 2022, let's look for happiness and creativity - perhaps in doses of "little and often".

All the best,

Vinita

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