Adventure & the Painter's Mind

Good Practice

What does good practice mean? Scott discusses this question and shows a couple of examples of "good practice" in action.


Good practice, to me, means:

  • The 3 ways we learn: practice continually, study nature often, and accumulate knowledge.
  • Always returning to the core concepts in AOP: 10 lines, values, keys, tension, etc.
  • Try and experiment until the inhibitions roll away. Use your paint; do the "doing" part.
  • Ask yourself "what if" questions: what if I try this? You might not like it but that is the point-- we won't know unless we try it.
  • Push more intentional practice and your thought process. What can I do to make this study better? Push your paintings by returning to them to repaint with intention and reason.
  • Practice using your own critical eye on how you can improve your work.

Take a before picture of one of your studies.

Practice using your critical eye to then set intentions on what you are going to do to try to improve the study. Remember your fundamentals here.

Re-paint your painting with your intentions.

Once your painting dries, take another photograph.

Post these before and after photographs along with your intentions in the Community Site under "Adventure and the Painter's Mind ---> Good Practice".

A couple painting studies.

Paint supplies.


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