David W. Mayer 's comment on Ten Reasons for the Emerging Artist to Join a Local Art Group

David W. Mayer
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Am I the only who is confused? I thought this Fine Art Views Newsletter was about âfine artâ and was aimed at professionals or those on the brink of turning pro.

The definition of âemergingâ is âNewly formed or just coming into prominenceâ

Here are ten things you could do INSTEAD of wasting time with many (not all) local art groups where people just want to âpush paint around and gabâ rather than truly learn and âcome into prominenceâ as an emerging professional. A lot of these people will be painting the same amateurish way 10 years from now.

1 - Learn to ask âWhatâs right with this painting (or passage, composition, brushstroke, etc.) and WHYâ and âWhatâs wrong with this painting (or a passage, etc.) and WHYâ. Learn to ask and answer these two key question EVERY time you look at a painting or passage. If you canât 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 âhow 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 donât 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 âdrawingâ by which he means âapplying paint with a brush to render exactly what you wantâ.

10 - Learn that there are 5 types of light: Highlights, mid tones, shadows, dark accents and reflected light. If you donât know which light you are painting, learn! Learn that there is no light without shadow and no warm without cool.

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