David W. Mayer 's comment on Ten Reasons for the Emerging Artist to Join a Local Art Group
|David W. Mayer |
|84 months ago|
Am I the only who is confused? I thought this Fine Art Views Newsletter was about â€śfine artâ€ť and was aimed at professionals or those on the brink of turning pro.
The definition of â€śemergingâ€ť is â€śNewly formed or just coming into prominenceâ€ť
Here are ten things you could do INSTEAD of wasting time with many (not all) local art groups where people just want to â€śpush paint around and gabâ€ť rather than truly learn and â€ścome into prominenceâ€ť as an emerging professional. A lot of these people will be painting the same amateurish way 10 years from now.
1 - Learn to ask â€śWhatâ€™s right with this painting (or passage, composition, brushstroke, etc.) and WHYâ€ť and â€śWhatâ€™s wrong with this painting (or a passage, etc.) and WHYâ€ť. Learn to ask and answer these two key question EVERY time you look at a painting or passage. If you canâ€™t answer these you will NEVER grow, period!
2 - Take a few good workshops from very good or great artists. And really listen, not just attend and push paint around.
3 - Buy a few good â€śhow to books. Then look at all the paintings in the books and repeat step one above.
4 - Work with a limited palette, not 30 dots on raw tube colors
5 - Learn how mix 8-12 pools of color for your painting and paint from these rather than dipping directly into your tube colors
6 - Use some neutral grays in your painting, and not so much raw bright color
7 - Go paint outdoors, again and again.
8 - Paint with people are better than you, ask ask for help. Have then ask the step 1 questions and donâ€™t be afraid to really listen without getting defensive.
9 - Practice your brushwork. Richard Schmid says that while people say they have the most trouble with color, they really have the most trouble with â€śdrawingâ€ť by which he means â€śapplying paint with a brush to render exactly what you wantâ€ť.
10 - Learn that there are 5 types of light: Highlights, mid tones, shadows, dark accents and reflected light. If you donâ€™t know which light you are painting, learn! Learn that there is no light without shadow and no warm without cool.