"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

What I am learning from watercolor--metaphor and more


Anasazi sky--watercolor
  • You can't control everything
  • Being uptight negates creativity, art
  • Light is much better than dark
  • Diagonals command attention
  • Paintings is problem solving and solving those problems takes your mind off your other problems
  • All paintings are illusions--quiit worrying about the details and go for the illusion
  • That does not mean a lack of planning...planning composition and values give  the freedom to be creative
  • don't use black
  • Too much darkness kills
  • matting and framing matters
  • Contrast, of light and dark, of colors, gives the most impact in painting and in life and in writing
  • paint and write what you know...what you know deep inside
  • a painting is not a photograph
  • You get to mess with reaility
  • Less is more
  • Change colors often
  • Start over
  • But in starting over, don't try to duplicate, just correct mistakes
  • Don't fiddle
  • Have fun

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