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.
I may be the minority in this camp, but I really enjoy working on my website. For me, it is an extension of my art and a sincere attempt at providing insight to me as a person. Squarespace, the service provider I chose for all things web-related, is an indispensable tool for me.
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.
A past trip to California landed my wife and I on Montara Beach near Half Moon Bay. Our reward was a sunset that went way beyond the obvious beauty. I have that memory and my painting in our breakfast nook to reflect a most important time in my life.
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.