Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week – Home on the Range

Warming up is a good idea!

I thought this was a good topic for a winter day. Home on the Range is the a warm up painting for a piece still being worked on. Since the goal of my warm-up painting is only to warm up, it is rare to have one turn out. To get in the zone, I paint something similar to my subject for 5 minutes without drawing it out. This requires all of my concentration. On this piece, I added another layer each day. Since shape is everything, the buffalo were drawn in for contrast at the end. By the way, it did take more time on the final day to finish up.

Some days you are in the zone and feel unstoppable. Other days you may ruin everything you touch. Creativity does recover some destruction. Starting to paint and getting yourself in the mood “everyday” will improve your consistency for good results. Certain practices, which I call ceremonies, yield my best performance. The benefit is that they can guide you to the flow state earlier in the painting process. I can’t stress the benefits of warming up enough.



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2020 Workshops Schedule

With Instructor Ellen Jean Diederich TWSA, RRWS, WSA

Building Transparent Layers in Watercolor

Workshop Tuesday-Friday April 14-17 9:00-3:30 p.m. Fargo, ND

Acrylic Landscape Painting

Workshop June 2-5 9:00-3:30 p.m. Fargo, ND

Beginning Watercolor Workshop

Workshop July 21-24 9:00-3:30 p.m. Fargo, ND


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