Treasure Chest: Tips for Improving Your Paintings

"Alien Gate" Watercolor crayon on paper 9" x 12" © 2009 Marilyn Fenn
“Alien Gate” Watercolor crayon on paper 9″ x 12″ © 2009 Marilyn Fenn
 

Treasure Chest

Today I’m participating in a collaborative online project with other art bloggers.  We are re-posting one of our favorite posts from our blogs.  I chose to re-post some notes from art school from way back when, because I find these tips personally useful to review every so often, especially this year when I am exploring various other avenues in my creative process.  Perhaps other artists will find some of these tips helpful, too.

I also recommend that you view the post from the organizer of this project, Seth Apter, on his blog The Altered Page.  It’s a gorgeous, compelling and inspiring piece.

You can link to all participating artists from the Treasure Chest post on Seth’s blog.

Finally, the piece above is a brand new work from my new series, the Hot, Hot Summer of 2009.  So here’s my Buried Treasure:

Class notes from art camp classes with George Liebert and Dan Gustin, Oxbow, MI, summer 1991.

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Tips for Improving Your Paintings

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series SAIC Class Notes
Drawing by Rembrandt van Rijn "Reclining Lion" pen and paint brush ca. 1650
Drawing by Rembrandt van Rijn “Reclining Lion” pen and paint brush ca. 1650
Class notes from art camp classes with George Liebert and Dan Gustin, Oxbow, MI, summer 1991.

Make a list of verbs and adjectives about your own work.

When struggling with a work, isolate parts of it and do lots of sketches to come up with a better composition.

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Class Notes: Some Artists to Look At

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Painting by George Tooker Waiting Room Egg Tempura on Gesso Panel 24"x30"
Painting by George Tooker Waiting Room Egg Tempura on Gesso Panel 24″x30″

See more of George Tooker’s work.

Class notes, SAIC, 1991.
Nicholas Africano
Nicholas Africano

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Notes from Oxbow, 1991:

Dufy - The Beach at St. Adresse
Dufy The Beach at St. Adresse
Picasso - Still Life with Chair Caning
Picasso Still Life with Chair-Caning Paris, [May] 1912 Oil and oilcloth on canvas, with rope frame 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27 x 35 cm.)