Some Paintings Tips that Have Helped Me a Lot!

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A couple months ago, I found these great tips on making paintings which have helped me tremendously. I have found these to be immensely helpful in getting the critic off my shoulder while I try to create: a problem that’s been dogging me for years! Now I have a couple dozen new paintings that I will start sharing with you soon–warts and all–and more in the making.  Yay! 

Here’s the condensed version for the studio wall:

1. Quality through quantity.
2. Do NOT mix generating and editing.
3. When to judge: After you’ve completed a piece, look at it and decide what direction you want to go in next.
4. Don’t be afraid to re-use elements.
5. How to have “lots of ideas”: permute.
6. “Get through your first 50 failures as fast as you can.”
7. Don’t even bother “fixing” pieces.
8. Work fast. Creativity is exciting.
9. Let your level show.
10. Don’t hide your failures.

And here’s the link to the full version, from the Scarlet Letters blog: Notes on Making Art.

2 Responses to Some Paintings Tips that Have Helped Me a Lot!

  • Candace York says:

    Terrific advice. Thanks for the link. I was told elsewhere to paint three bad paintings a day. Eventually, at that rate of production, the good paintings will pop out. I can’t manage 3 a day, but I am managing one! Grin. Hope you are doing well.

  • Marilyn says:

    Great to hear from you, Candace! Three paintings a day would be terrific, but the most I can manage is also about one a day, and that only if they are small. Glad to see you are painting! I saw your works on LinkedIn. Very nice!

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I think a lot of times young artists get confused about who they are versus what they think the so-called artworld wants them to be. And I think if young artists listened to themselves a little bit and did what they really wanted to do, it would be a more interesting artworld and they’d have a more interesting life.

— Fred Tomaselli
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