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Painting Quotes

Josh Clare’s advice to those who want to learn fine art

Paint your guts out, joyfully, and paint from life.

Thanks, Dan Scott, for the Q&A this came from!
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Painting

(Attempted) chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

These are some flowers on our kitchen table. I think they are chrysanthemums—although you probably can’t tell from these paintings. 🙂 I struggled to make the marks I wanted for the petals. Maybe I used the wrong brush (a number 8 round). Or, more likely, I just don’t know how to use it yet. 🙂

The painting on the right was the first one I did, and an attempt at a monochromatic. A few problems with perspective, and definitely with value, but I like the earthy colours and the goldy looking water in the bottom of the vase.

If I had to choose, I think I prefer the painting on the left. It looks more like the flowers on our table (a big part because they’re actually white), I like the marks I made (even though they weren’t exactly what I was trying for), and it feels more dynamic.

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Painting

My current tastes in paintings

I’m enjoying a tonne of different styles and subject matter at the moment, but I’ve noticed there are a few (general) things I consistently gravitate to:

  • Abstracted landscapes
  • Landscapes with dark, dramatic skies
  • Still lifes of flowers
  • A painterly style
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Sketching

Rabbit slipper

Rabbit slipper
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Painting

Savvy Painter: Paint colours, techniques, best practices… with Gamblin

Another fantastically informative Q&A with Gamblin. I was excited to hear about their 1980, student-grade range of paints. Might speed my entry into oils.