Hi, I just wanted to share something that for me is one of the most important art ideas – in case you find it helpful, too.It’s simple – in that moment where you decide you are excited enough about a subject to paint it, write down the thing of interest. 

Sometimes I write a word or two on my palette or on my scratch paper. Invariably my work comes out stronger when I do this, and even if I don’t look at that word, the act of having written it down will keep that thing in the painting, somehow. 

My word is usually something like “light” “shadow” or “ambiguity”. 

Is this something you’ll try? 
Happy painting! 

BTW, I have two great workshops enrolling right now – Oil Painting Basics, and Impressionist Painting with Jessie

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