Monday, April 29, 2013

You can't see the forest for the trees.

Practical Application

Meaning you are focusing on details too much and can't see the "big picture."
With the rush of new growth, this time of year I believe is the hardest time to paint on location in the Midwest. Just so many small fractured and chopped up areas of foliage and sky holes.

It is a struggle to keep masses large and the details subordinated to them. The only answer is to squint at your subject. Squinting-down will simplify detail and value changes, making the big shapes more easily understood.

The only true way to learn this is to stand in nature and put paint on canvas.

“This making of paintings has little to do with instruction and a whole lot to do with sitting in front of a canvas and finding ones own way with paint and brush.”                                    
         Roger Bansemer

Explore - Question - Learn - - Enjoy, Jim