4. Working only in the Center
If you start off painting only at your center of interest and don't move around your painting, your center of interest will be isolated from the rest of your painting. It's always going to look like a cutout pasted on your painting rather than an integrated part of your painting.
An isolated little sketch is charming to remember a scene, but it's not a finished painting. A finished composition works the entire paper, not just a little patch in the middle.
The background of a painting is planned from the beginning, not an afterthought. Everything in the background directs the viewer's eyes where you want them to go.
5. Clean Water!
A picture speaks a thousand words - that's the point of all this anyhow!
If you use dirty water to paint with, you'll get dirty looking paintings. You can see how much a clear pinkish-red like quinacridone red changes without changing the paint from my little egret sketches. That was a very tiny sketch to make that much difference. Imagine not changing the water on a full sheet painting before you start that perfect pink rose!
Change the water with every wash, minimum!
Homework!Try painting a sky with a really big brush (at least a #14 Round). Paint at least 3 layers, drying in between layers.
Layer #1Paint 2/3 of the painting at most, hitting all quadrants equally.
Layer #2Paint only 50% of what you just painted, still using the big brush.
Layer #3Paint only 10% of what you've already painted. You can use a small brush for 2%.
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