Practice Practice


Practice Notes

Most artists are more interested in the finished product than the practice it takes to get to the end. Much time is spent in planning and execution but many forget about the practice part. Study is the key to good painting. Think of painting as three basic steps:

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The Plan
Think about what you wish to paint and how you will construct the painting. What is the best substrate? Canvas, wood, hardboard, paper? What is the best medium for the painting? What orientation? Portrait or landscape? Have you practiced your composition at your design table first? What scale and proportion is best?

The Practice
This is the most crucial part of your success. Have you done a series of thumbnail paintings to work out the kinks of your color scheme, the value family and dominance of the painting, a value map, and the best composition edits?

The Execution
Now, by having a sensible, thought out plan, time to practice for the execution, and preparation, you will be confident in doing your painting. You have a good plan, constructed, and prepared for execution. You will have a much greater chance of success than starting a painting hurriedly, winging it with hopes that it works out.
This is a routine I use frequently, even after 40+ years of painting. The practice part is the most important, and frankly, least liked by most beginning and intermediate painters. They consider practice and study exercises for painting to be boring and a waste of time. In their minds a good painting, started and finished is the real purpose of painting. They are missing the most important steps. Slow and steady practice and hard work brings the joy of being a good painter. There is no instant gratification. Painting is a life study and I seldom get it right after forty +years. I’m still waiting for the masterpiece, just around the corner.

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Today’s Recipe

Hot Bacon Cheese Dip
8 oz cream cheese
3 strips bacon
1 small onion diced
8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup sour cream
Salt/pepper/pinch of red pepper flakes
Fry bacon with diced onion
Chop up bacon. Add all to casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Serve with crackers.

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