Saturday, February 23, 2013

Artists: write about what interests you!

Whale Dream © Maud Guilfoyle, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 60 inches

My students are encouraged to paint and draw what interests them, and what they are passionate about. I also teach them to practice drawing what they see so that they can more easily draw from their imagination. If you are an artist who writes, it's also important to write about what you find exciting, not popular subject matter in current books or periodicals. Just as you might research a subject for a painting, organize your notes and sketches and write about it. Begin with just a paragraph a day, enough for a blog post. The more you practice writing, the more easily it will flow, just as attending life drawing sessions enables you to come to a blank canvas and jump right into your painting.

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