Painting to Learn

Painting is hard, and painting a subject that gives you trouble or moves you out of your comfort zone is frustrating and hard.  It's easier to go outside, find a favorite spot and paint what you're comfortable painting.  Painting what you're not good at is almost paintful and a real shot to the ego.  But in the long run it's really helpful -- no pain, no gain.  It's helpful to study how other artists see the same subject, how they simplify shapes and color, use thick or their paint.  Then approaching the subject one step at a time.  Painting a series of pieces that focus on value, then a series that focuses on temperature, or edges, working on one aspect of painting at a time.

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