"You'll find artists down in Greenwich Village--they've
got canvases around that are two-inches thick with paint, because
they're trying to paint the perfect picture. And they're trying
so hard to paint the perfect picture that they never paint a picture!"
L. Ron Hubbard, from Lecture of 12 June 1961 from the Saint Hill
Special Briefing Course.
Have you known someone like that? Have you been guilty of that?
Art has two aspects: the process and the product. Even without
the product, the process of art is rewarding. The product gives
you a different satisfaction. It puts something out into the world
that you can share. Set a goal to "finish" something.
Did you know: today's Ultramarine Blue, a strong rich pigment,
replaces the original ultramarine, which came from the semiprecious
stone lapis lazuli!
3. Practice: "Learning bears fruit when it is applied."
People talk about having difficulty rendering depth in a painting.
There are many clues that we use in life to see things as nearer
or farther. Do this. Look around you during the week. Find at
least three ways that you see something as nearer or farther than
something else. Make a drawing illustrating each (can be B&W
or color, whichever will serve). Bring your examples in to class.
( Note: I have documented some of the ways we see depth in an
article which is on my web site at www.blehert.com. Find the essay
on "The Third Dimension."
Free Art Lessons archives
Example of simple perspective
Example of overlap
Example of postion on the picture plane