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How to never start a painting

Written observational notes should accompany every sketchbook drawing. ‘Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, dosser.’

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Before starting a painting, clear the mind of expectation and leave the self-conscious mind in the bin at the studio door. ‘All right, done that, what next?’

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Intuition and risk-taking are the art world’s power couple. ‘They sound like a right Bonnie and Clyde of the art world.’

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And our survey says: the public prefer their talent medium rare. ‘So, it’s stuff raw talent then?’

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QUALITY ALERT: Your art is…only as good as posterity’s last laugh; only as good as your ability to spot the foul stench of sentimentality at one hundred yards; only as good as your understanding, and only as good as your drawing skill.‘No mate, art is only as good as the electric fences that surround the minds of those who we forgive for being artists are secure.’

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Art is absurd conjecture; it is feelingalive what one sees; feeling what one knows and knowing what one feels.

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Researchers have discovered a link between interrupting artists when they are not saying anything and an increased risk of early death.

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FIGURE DRAWING ALERT: Figure drawing demands a separation of jurisdictions: (a) Think about structure first: Record the surface details last. (b) Make a preliminary gesture drawing to establish the latent and potential energy of the pose. (c) Visualise the large masses of form as interlocking simple masses. (d) Give thought to how the large tonal masses will relate to the size and shape of the paper. (e) Work under a strong directional light. (f) Acquire a solid knowledge of human anatomy and its composite of skeletal, fat, muscle, and cartilage parts. ‘Stick with stick men and women, I say!’ (g) If you are unable to attend life drawing classes, draw yourself naked in front of a large mirror.

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The only people changed by art are the people who make art. ‘Art for themselves sake, hey!’

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Remember to refresh your approach daily. ‘I’ve always painted by numbers and I’m not about to be refreshed.’

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By Rebel Without a Palette

Francis is an Australian born artist, illustrator and musician.