Painting and drawing realistically forces a more thorough examination. Where are the highlights? What shape is that really? How is that thing textured?
So far, I’ve painted a vase, an orange, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a glass of milk, and a Totoro.
I’ve learned that painting is hard; Squinting is good for painting but hard on your eyes; And keep the paint brushes clean.
I’m sure I’ll be learning more.