Most beginners are too anxious for results. Real progress takes place over a long period of time.
I always work directly from life, partly because I really enjoy having an interaction with the person in front of me but also because I love having a direct response to shape and color.
Sometimes working on one painting will help solve a problem in another painting.
Everything in painting is about relationship, so I judge each area by its relationship to the surrounding areas.
Leaving some areas less finished in a painting, or more out of focus than others, allows the imagination to finish them and gives more importance to the detailed parts.
Nothing is more beautiful than a line that brings out a form.
You have to evolve as an artist, and this is really a lifelong process.
A painting has its own existence and reality, and I make changes freely to meet the painting's needs. This sometimes takes me in another direction.
I usually start by doing one or more color studies of the subject on a piece of canvas taped to cardboard.
Artists make things so much easier for themselves when they learn to trust their eyes.
Cats sleep in a state of total abandon, and I find that state very interesting in people as well.
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