Random thoughts and musings on my personal experiences in art and life. In no way, shape, or form do I declare to be the ultimate source of this information; rather, I am trying to put my own spin on topics that existed way before me and, certainly, will continue well past my existence. With that, I share the following with you and hope you find it enlightening, engaging, and somewhat helpful.
Through the power of observation, it is important to learn how to see objects as shapes rather than the literal translation of what we know them as. We have to forget everything we think we know and open up a more creative, right brain approach to visualization. To help with this, I recommend "Your Artist's Brain" by Carl Purcell.
My perspective on how you can only take in what you are ready for. For me, it often took revisiting resources to absorb the true essence of meaning. It is a process that takes time but reaps huge rewards when it clicks.
One of the most important fundamentals of painting is to understand values. The book "Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting" by John F. Carlson distills this into a Theory of Angles. This post applies that theory to a reference picture I took in Paradise Valley, Montana.
As an adult with children that enjoy LEGOs, I fondly recall my similar affinity for the little plastic pieces. It is interesting to me that there are similarities between LEGOs and the painting process. This post seeks to explore a few of them.