Artist Forum

RON’S PAINTING TIPS

Give it a rest!  It’s important to take a break from your current painting or photo work and come back to it later.  You may see things that you missed and now you can look at it with fresh eyes.  Sometimes I place my work on a ledge on the wall and when I walk into my studio I see it again to see if anything needs to be added or subtracted to make it more interesting.  Sometimes I will allow a painting to lay fallow for up to six months until I consider how to finish it.  Sometimes I have up to a dozen paintings that need to be finished but first I need to reconsider my approach for color changes, redrawing, or removal of an object.  An example is the Blue Boy at the Huntington Library.  Through x-rays they found that a dog at the boy’s foot had been removed.  This strengthened the composition of the painting.