Painting a thing makes me see a thing in a very different way. I look at an object and it gets abbreviated, tagged and categorized. Memorable or not? Familiar or not? Unusual? Gross? Funny?
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.
(The picture above has very different lighting than what I had when I actually painted)
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.
good stuff! i heard a quote yesterday that it takes just as long to learn to see as it does to learn to paint. hmmm… words of wisdom, right!
keep on keepin’ on, lady!