I wonder who the first person in history was to have started to practice... anything? He or she should at least have a college building or museum named after them.
I think two great aspects of practicing are experimentation and discovery. This train of thought all started after I laid out my palette of colors this morning. I have always admired artists that paint with very clean color and can control color temperature.(Timothy Horn is a good example). One of the first things I am learning in my plein air practice is the need to understand color.
I have read thousands of art magazines and art books and I have always skipped over the parts that deal with mixing colors and making color wheels. (I always wanted to get to the good stuff right away). I am convinced however that this is not a smart idea. Shortcuts in art only lead you in circles. (Check out Paul Foxton). He really puts the "P" in prepare and practice painting.
I started mixing and playing with the colors and quickly found myself getting overwhelmed with the possibilities. I need to approach this in a more...can he say it?.....O R G A N I Z E D manner. (gosh that hurts).
More on this later.
Here's a sneak peek at one of the last five paintings I need to finish for my show. I will take a break from posting all next week to finish the paintings and the framing. (unless my grandson is born - and he will be). I'll post something for that when it happens.