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Don't paint a chair!

Don't paint a chair!

One day my painting teacher entered the studio, picked up a chair, and placed it in the middle of the room. We all stood at our easels with brushes in hand, waiting for her to put something on the chair. Maybe a vase full of flowers, or some fruit for a still life? Would there be a live model for a figure painting lesson? But she didn't put anything on the chair. She then addressed the class, "This is our subject matter for the day. But whatever you do, don't paint a chair!" "Don't paint a chair?" someone asked, "I don't get...

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Efficiency; the hidden key to becoming a successful artist

Efficiency; the hidden key to becoming a successful artist

Every artist wants to make a living off of their art. We all want to live a life of creativity and still be able to pay the bills. But what is holding us back? For many it is a lack of efficiency.  I once took a year to complete a painting. When it was finally finished I was very happy with it, and felt a great sense of accomplishment. But then the problem hit me. How does a relatively unknown artist sell a painting for a price that reflects a year's wages? Even at minimum wage, the number is way too...

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There are no lines in nature.

There are no lines in nature.

"There are no lines in nature." My representational drawing professor at Humboldt State University, William Anderson, said this to another student one afternoon. I happened to overhear it, and it for me was one of those big "AHA!" moments. Here's what I got from it: Look at a leaf on a tree. Nature doesn't outline the leaf. The blue of the sky stops at the edge of the leaf, and the green starts, but there is NO LINE.    People use lines when creating art, in order to make sense of what we are looking at. We draw the outline...

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