I am enamored with the Anne Blair Brown’s video; “A Painter’s Journey”. This is the painter I want to be when I grow up so I’d better get cracking.
The best thing is that I am identifying the things I am doing wrong. These things have been pointed out in other artist’s videos but I guess I am now inspired enough to make changes out of my comfort zone.
*To my surprise she does not put a background color on the white canvas to begin with. She uses a large brush with yellow ochre to paint in the large shapes and that serves as her background color.
*Spend more time preparing the design by making a simple value study or notan of the subject.
*Only bring the focal point into detail and let the rest be more ambiguous.
Three plus hours of Brown’s quiet understated demonstrating and teaching. Even her voice soothes me.
Mary Ellen Koser