Lesson 2: Planning and Technique

Welcome to the ultimate lesson of the Portray the Panorama workshop.

Within the final lesson, I confirmed you ways my portray turned out. I’ll title it, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers. Now it’s time to mirror on my work.

Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022
Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022

Each time I end a portray, I briefly mirror on the way it turned out, what went properly, and what I may enhance for subsequent time. I do that in my head, however for demonstration functions, I’ll doc my ideas in a extra structured format.

My self-reflection course of entails three questions:

Am I proud of the portray? This can be a high-level query that summarizes my normal ideas in regards to the portray. The reply is usually an easy “sure”, “no”, or “it’s OK”.

What went properly? I take into account what I significantly like in regards to the portray or issues that I did properly through the portray course of. This may embody good use of method, fixing a tough drawback, fixing a mistake, or conveying the topic in a artistic manner.

What could possibly be improved? Even my greatest work have elements that could possibly be improved. Few folks may say in any other case, until your title occurs to be Joaquín Sorolla or Diego Velázquez. The problem is accurately figuring out these weak elements. In case you’re new to portray, you’ll battle with this. You may know one thing is incorrect with the portray however be unable to slender down on the true problem. Nevertheless it’s necessary to attempt. Begin with broad classes. Does the difficulty relate to worth, composition, edge, form, coloration, drawing, and many others? Then slender it down from there.

For this course of to be efficient, you need to take away any sense of ego. That is no time to be conceited or humble. Simply say it as it’s. Be goal. In case you’re fighting this, faux your portray was executed by one other artist and take your self out of the equation.

Additionally, watch out about evaluating your self to others. I principally mirror on my work in relation to my earlier work. I’m not trying to create the very best portray on this planet; I simply need this portray to be a bit higher than the final.

I solely use comparability as a method to visualize what I’m aiming for in portray. My favourite artists symbolize the higher echelon of portray. They present me what’s attainable they usually give me one thing to shoot for. I could by no means be part of them or surpass them, however that’s OK. The enjoyment is in making an attempt and enhancing.

Anyway, the next is my self-reflection.

Am I Completely happy With the Portray?

Sure. It seems to be recent and painterly, but reasonable. And most significantly, it jogs my memory of that overcast day in Maleny with my household.

What Went Properly?

  • The brushwork and colours I used for the sloping land are spot on.
  • The impasto brushwork and damaged coloration I used for the function plant draw focus to the realm and create the phantasm of element and exercise.
  • The timber within the background seem reasonable with out drawing an excessive amount of consideration. Not simple to do!

What May Be Improved?

  • The sky could possibly be a contact lighter. I additionally may have used extra variance by way of coloration. The sky was a chance to make use of delicate shifts in temperature and worth to create curiosity and depth.
  • The intricate branches on the high are a bit sloppy. I ought to have used a finer brush and been extra delicate with my method.
  • I reworked the function plant and foreground an excessive amount of. Transforming normally means I’m not sure of my subsequent steps and I’m making an attempt to guess my manner by means of the portray. The much less remodeling I do, the higher.

Train (Non-obligatory):

Mirror in your work. Are you proud of the portray? What went properly? What could possibly be improved?

Thanks a lot for becoming a member of me on this workshop! Hope you discovered one thing new. I’ll ship you an e mail tomorrow to wrap issues up.

Let me know your ideas within the remark part beneath. And if you find yourself portray from my reference picture, ship us a photograph to [email protected]. I’d like to see the way it seems.


Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy

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