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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.

Lesson 3

Green Boat by Pam Coulter Blehert 1. Look at a piece of art, any art. This can be from a book, in a gallery or museum. Decide what you like about it and what you don't like about it. If possible, make some notes so you can discuss.

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2. Word for the week: ACHROMATIC: "Without color, as in white, black and any gray made from the mixture of black and white." -- North Light Dictionary of Art Terms

Notice that I am having you start your training with an "achromatic" painting. This is so you can get used to using the medium and working with values without also having to contend with color.

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

B&W study of eggs and crockery. Notice that some of the edges are "hard" (strong contrast creates a sharp edge) but some are soft and blended. Set up a still life consisting of some very simple thing or things. Set up the light so there is a strong directional light. Paint or draw with attention to the roundness, the edges, the places where the form is lost and light flows through. (If this is not clear to you as an instruction, ask me to explain.)

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Last updated: March 26, 2006