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WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR TODAY?

Experimenting with collage and trying to figure out this abstracting the figure thing.
Mixed media on wood, 11”x 8”, ©2017 David Limrite


“It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.”
Jackson Pollock


What Are Your Goals For Today?

I am a much more efficient and productive artist when I set a few goals for each painting session. And my paintings are much better when I set specific goals for each painting I am currently working on. Setting goals keeps me focused and on track.

Goals for one of my painting sessions might include: creating an abstract ground for a new painting, researching poses for an idea I have, preparing a new panel, and revisiting a painting in progress.

Goals for a specific painting in progress on my easel could include: changing the background color, adding some darker values on the figure, redrawing the left arm, and softening some of the edges on the torso.

I may stick to these goals and I may not, but at least I have a roadmap for my next painting session and I have some specific things that I want to do to a work in progress.

Having said all of this, I always try to remain flexible. I am willing to shift gears, reassess, react to a change in motivation or inspiration, and take a left turn instead of a right.

Goals should keep you focused and give you a place to begin. Goals should not prevent spontaneity.

Hint: I make my goals the night before a painting session so that I know exactly where to begin the next day. Which is very empowering.

Best,

David


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OIL PAINT STICK BOOTCAMP:
DRAWING AND PAINTING THE FIGURE AND PORTRAIT

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA | June 2 - 4 | + CLICK FOR MORE INFO

In this workshop, we will explore basic techniques and unleash the power of oil paint sticks as we work from the figure and portrait. Students will discover paint sticks’ versatile, direct, immediate, and expressive potential. There are a wide range of techniques to explore such as drawing, painting, blending, washes, wiping, scraping, and scratching back into and alla prima to name just a few. We will also work on... + CLICK FOR MORE INFO


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