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FINALLY! I may be getting a handle on this color thing. At least, what I want to do with color. I experimented with toning the ground first. Then the color seemed to appear quite naturally. You be the judge. 11”x 8”, collage, acrylic and graphite on wood. © 2019 David Limrite

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
Henry Ford

Eliminating The Word “Fix”

If you use the word “fix”, as in, “Something is wrong with my painting, so I need to fix it”, I would like to suggest that you eliminate the word “fix” from your vocabulary.

To me, the word “fix” implies that my painting is broken and needs repairing.

First of all, there is nothing wrong with your painting. If you are having the thought that you need to “fix” your painting, all it really means is that your painting is not “there” yet. It means that your painting is currently not looking how you want it to look. Yet. 

All it really means is that your painting is unfinished, and that you have more work to do.

It probably means that you want to re-work some parts of the painting. But, it definitely does not mean those areas are broken.

Eliminating the word “fix” from my vocabulary has provided me with a much healthier way of self-evaluating my work in progress. And, it helps me have a better attitude about going back into my paintings to re-work them.

Eliminate the word “fix” and let me know how much better you feel.



P.S. Today I'm teaching Day 3 of my July Art Barn Workshop. Below is a piece from Day 1, Project 1, painted by Julie Winter. The August 23-25 Art Barn Workshop is SOLD OUT. Hit reply if you want to Wait List!


Copyright 2019 Julie Winter - Figure Drawing & Painting Workshops David Limrite San Luis Obispo

Artwork © 2019 Julie Winter from Day 1, Project 1 of the July Art Barn Workshop

The Art of the Figure:

San Luis Obispo County (Arroyo Grande)

August 23-25, Friday - Sunday | SOLD OUT | Click to Wait List | More Details

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