Archive for the 'Techniques and Tips' Category

The Seven Steps

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

This has been simpilfied from the book “Seven Steps to a Successful Painting” by Brian Simons… STEP ONE Look at the subject (here a landscape). Study it. Forget names of things (e.g. sky, tree, cloud) and look for shape, color, design, and value. Squint, squint and squint again. Squinting helps eliminate detail and reduce color [...]

The Flow

Monday, February 20th, 2006

While listening to a 2001 archived program of the greatest radio show on this planet, This American Life, I was introduced to the concept of “The Flow”. This term was coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced “chick-SENT-me high”), a Hungarian psychologist, which refers to the time when an individual experiences transcendant joy and satisfaction during full [...]

Critiquing Designs

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Taken from Jason Santa Maria’s site When Giving a Critique Ask questions. Critiques should be more of an investigation than an interrogation. Try to understand why the designer did something before suggesting that they do it another way. Basically, try to understand the problem they’re trying to solve. A critique is not the time to [...]

COMPOSITION/PAINTING CHECK LIST

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GOOD PAINTING