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Your Artist's Brain by Carl Purcell

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Variations in value AND DEFINED EDGES

After our eyes process the scene in front of us, the image is sent to the intellectual brain for clarification and identification. When it's finished, we believe we saw it in perfect clarity. But we didn't. For our art to look like what we see, we must focus on the visual information.

And what did we see? We saw shapes: some with sharp, focused edges; others with vague, barely defined edges; and edges that were completely lost. We saw the value change from one side of a shape to another.

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This old granary is a good example of the way we typically see. Some of the shapes are fairly ...

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