More Lessons From Paint

I thought I knew about making art. I thought I understood acrylic paint.

Not even close.

Some lessons I learned this week from paint:

  • Take it slow, but not so slow the paint dries before you can get it onto the canvas.
  • Patience. There is no need to hurry. If the paint on the canvas is too wet, it will mix with the new paint, and you may not like the result.
  • Not everything needs to be bright and bold.
  • A little bit of black goes a long way.
  • Layers, layers, layers. Let the paint dry between layers. At least a little bit. Unless you really want the colors to blend.
  • If you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve, you won’t get what you’re hoping for.
  • Mixing lots of colors will give you mud.
  • Try something subtle. It might surprise you.
  • Getting inspiration from others is a good idea, but don’t waste so much time looking for inspiration that you run out of time to make something.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice.
  • Play. Play with color. Play with the tools. Play with techniques.
  • You might think it’s done, but it’s not. Maybe,
  • Know when to stop.
  • There’s always a new technique to try, or an old one to practice.
  • There are rules that you should learn, so you know when and how to break them.
  • Just because I don’t like a result doesn’t mean it isn’t a good result.
  • I’m still trying things. I’ll know it when I find a style I love.
  • Brushes aren’t the only tool capable of putting paint on canvas.

Still so much more to learn! Two more paintings today. I’ll post photos when they’re dry.

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