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Your Artist's Brain by Carl Purcell

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Focus on shapes to make a STRONGER PAINTING

Here is a simple subject made of large shapes. Remember, you can either approach it from an intellectual standpoint — allowing yourself to name the grass, road and so on — or you can use your artist's brain to focus your attention on the shapes, the colors within those shapes and how their edges convey essential information.

MATERIALS

PAPER

Arches 140-lb.

(300gsm) rough

BRUSHES

Nos. 6, 8 and 12 round

1-inch (25mm) and 2-inch (51mm) flat

WATERCOLORS

Cobalt Violet

Manganese Blue

Permanent Rose

Quinacridone

Burnt Orange

Quinacridone Gold

Quinacridone Sienna

OTHER

6B pencil

Sketchbook

Hair dryer

Paper towels

Reference Photo

Value Sketch

Reduce the scene in the photo to three ...

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