THINK LIKE AN ARTIST
BOOK TWO is now available for downloading. This PDF file may be printed, or saved as a document on your computer, with links intact. When you click the Paypal icon, I will send you the file within a day.
This book contains articles from past Watercolor Weekly newsletters, focusing on how to learn the language of art, and to think in terms of artistic ideas. The book is 22 pages with illustrations. Here is the table of contents:
How do you know if you are an artist?
Incubation and Hibernation
Are Artists Crazy?
Painting from the Heart
Why Can’t I Paint like THAT?
Who Do You Paint for?
Can Anything be a Good Painting Subject?
Contrast: the Key to Good Paintings
Sticking to a Pallet
Creating a Mood
Introduction to the booklet: THINK LIKE AN ARTIST
Thinking Like an Artist
Being an artist is a subset of being alive, but all those who aspire to developing their artistic nature must realize it takes a shift in thinking about, as well as looking at, the nature of reality. This develops slowly, and is in some ways simply a re-capturing of a state we are all born into. Babies see the world with artist eyes: the eyes of wonder. Yet much of modern culture turns us away from this vision. Picasso said, “I have spent my life trying to see as a child”.
The actual making of art is how we grow into our artist selves, but reflection on the difference between everyday thinking and artist thinking can jump start our attitudes. Functionally, we are learning to activate more of our right brains, in a left brained world. We are learning to see more holistically, un-judgementally, in more detail, and with more understanding of visual relationships.
These articles approach the subject from a variety of angles, and may take time to digest, as the ideas are often radically different from ideas