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Adventure Series 3

Orchestration to Finish - Introduction

Congratulations! You've finished the course!

Scott discusses how to finish. The way you finish is up to you.


Orchestration to finish:

  • Determine what you are trying to convey in your painting.
  • Finishing is up to you and will vary with each painting.
  • Come up with a painting that is your own.
  • Finishing is a moving target and it takes time to figure out what you like.
  • The last 10% can be 90% of the work.

It is going to be up to you to decide how you are going to finish your paintings. This is what will separate one painter from another and how they solve their problems and what finish means to him/her. One artist may expand on color, one may conserve. One might add more detail, where another would add information to simply inform and imply. The balance between these is what separates one painter from another and to what degree of finish do you want to maintain.

  • Avoid trying to "fix" things so that they will hopefully not be distracting.
  • If you are going to finish, you are going to orchestrate. You can elaborate where you want and subordinate to enhance more important areas.
  • How do your favorite painters do it?
  • What separates one painter from another and how can you borrow and build upon these ideas? As Edgar Payne said, "In our vanity, we think we are highly original when in fact we are borrowing and building upon things that have been handed down."
  • It is up to you to figure out how.

Make the search and the adventure of the "idea-finding" part of your process. A beautiful idea with no pre-thought just doesn't work.

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