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The Way To Happiness The philosophy of these lessons: Look, Learn, Practice

Chapter 17 of "The Way To Happiness" deals with Competence. I've found that too many limit their own progress as an artist with the concept that they "haven't got the talent." 90% of being a good professional artist is about looking for yourself, learning (including good study habits), and practicing what you have learned to become Competent. If you are interested in a free copy of "The Way to Happiness", please email me for one.

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Lesson 25

1. Thought

"I find when teaching workshops that people tend to jump into painting before working out the bugs through drawing, and their problems become apparent as they continue working." Brad Faegre, Pastel artist. From interview in American Artist, July 1992 p. 24

2. Words:
Composition: Arrangement of forms, lines, values, and other pictorial elements into a picture design. North Light Dictionary of Art Terms

Composition: n. 1. Act of composing; esp., arranging of words to form sentences, paragraphs, verses, etc.; the art or practice of writing. 2. Manner of being composed, as to style or elements; as, a picture excelling in composition; also, constitution, formerly of the body, now esp. of the mind; -- of persons. 3. State or quality of being put together, or composed; conjunction; combination. 4. That which is composed or has been composed, as: a. A mutual agreement. b. A mass or body formed by combining two or more elements or ingredients; as, a composition of several acids. 5. A literary,. musical, or artistic product; -- often, used of an essay done as an educational exercise. 6. Fine Arts. The art or practice of so combining the parts of a work of art as to produce a harmonious whole. 7. Print. The setting up of type. (The word "composer" derives as follows: F. composer, fr. com- + poser to place). Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary.

3. Practice: "Learning bears fruit when it is applied."

Note that drawing, value, color, dimension all are compositional elements. For your homework exercise (should you agree to undertake it) undertake to do several different interpretations of a theme -- focusing once, for instance, on value as the prime organizing factor, perhaps another time on drawing, and a third on color as the organizing factor. (In other words, using the same subject, do two or more interpretations of it).

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