September 30, 2023


How Art Works

Lesson 2: Planning and Technique

4 min read

Welcome to the ultimate lesson of the Portray the Panorama workshop.

Within the final lesson, I confirmed you ways my portray turned out. I’ll title it, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers. Now it’s time to mirror on my work.

Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022
Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022

Each time I end a portray, I briefly mirror on the way it turned out, what went effectively, and what I may enhance for subsequent time. I do that in my head, however for demonstration functions, I’ll doc my ideas in a extra structured format.

My self-reflection course of entails three questions:

Am I proud of the portray? It is a high-level query that summarizes my common ideas in regards to the portray. The reply is usually an easy “sure”, “no”, or “it’s OK”.

What went effectively? I contemplate what I significantly like in regards to the portray or issues that I did effectively in the course of the portray course of. This would possibly embrace good use of approach, fixing a troublesome drawback, fixing a mistake, or conveying the topic in a inventive approach.

What may very well be improved? Even my finest work have features that may very well be improved. Few folks may say in any other case, except your title occurs to be Joaquín Sorolla or Diego Velázquez. The problem is accurately figuring out these weak features. In case you’re new to portray, you’ll battle with this. You would possibly know one thing is fallacious with the portray however be unable to slender down on the true problem. However it’s vital to strive. Begin with broad classes. Does the difficulty relate to worth, composition, edge, form, shade, drawing, and so forth? Then slender it down from there.

For this course of to be efficient, you need to take away any sense of ego. That is no time to be smug or humble. Simply say it as it’s. Be goal. In case you’re fighting this, faux your portray was accomplished by one other artist and take your self out of the equation.

Additionally, watch out about evaluating your self to others. I principally mirror on my work in relation to my earlier work. I’m not seeking to create the most effective portray on the earth; I simply need this portray to be a bit higher than the final.

I solely use comparability as a option to visualize what I’m aiming for in portray. My favourite artists characterize the higher echelon of portray. They present me what’s doable and so they give me one thing to shoot for. I could by no means be a part of them or surpass them, however that’s OK. The enjoyment is in making an attempt and enhancing.

Anyway, the next is my self-reflection.

Am I Glad With the Portray?

Sure. It seems recent and painterly, but life like. And most significantly, it jogs my memory of that overcast day in Maleny with my household.

What Went Effectively?

  • The brushwork and colours I used for the sloping land are spot on.
  • The impasto brushwork and damaged shade I used for the characteristic plant draw focus to the world and create the phantasm of element and exercise.
  • The timber within the background seem life like with out drawing an excessive amount of consideration. Not straightforward to do!

What May Be Improved?

  • The sky may very well be a contact lighter. I additionally may have used extra variance when it comes to shade. The sky was a chance to make use of refined shifts in temperature and worth to create curiosity and depth.
  • The intricate branches on the high are a bit sloppy. I ought to have used a finer brush and been extra delicate with my approach.
  • I reworked the characteristic plant and foreground an excessive amount of. Remodeling normally means I’m uncertain of my subsequent steps and I’m making an attempt to guess my approach via the portray. The much less transforming I do, the higher.

Train (Optionally available):

Mirror in your work. Are you proud of the portray? What went effectively? What may very well be improved?

Thanks a lot for becoming a member of me on this workshop! Hope you discovered one thing new. I’ll ship you an electronic mail tomorrow to wrap issues up.

Let me know your ideas within the remark part under. And if you find yourself portray from my reference photograph, ship us a photograph to [email protected]. I’d like to see the way it seems.


Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy

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