4 Questions Artists Should Ask Before They Start Painting

4 Questions Artists Should Ask Before They Start Painting

Becky Joy

Ask these questions before starting to paint and finding your statement.

  1. What do I really want to paint?
  2. What is interesting about the scene?
  3. What may be the best way to portray the scene?
  4.  What format should I use? Horizontal, vertical, square?

The statement in your painting is your reason for painting a scene. The reason could be the interesting shapes created by the light and shadow. Or, it could simply be the contrast of colors or values of objects in the scene.

By defining a statement in your painting, you begin to control the important elements of a scene, you'll have proper elements and suggest some.  All of the objects in your painting should not be rendered with equal detail. Always remember your reason for painting a scene, it will keep you focused and on track. 

Happy painting, Becky

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