Lesson 2: Planning and Technique

Welcome to the ultimate lesson of the Portray the Panorama workshop.

Within the final lesson, I confirmed you ways my portray turned out. I’ll title it, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers. Now it’s time to mirror on my work.

Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022
Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022

Each time I end a portray, I briefly mirror on the way it turned out, what went properly, and what I might enhance for subsequent time. I do that in my head, however for demonstration functions, I’ll doc my ideas in a extra structured format.

My self-reflection course of includes three questions:

Am I proud of the portray? This can be a high-level query that summarizes my normal ideas in regards to the portray. The reply is usually a simple “sure”, “no”, or “it’s OK”.

What went properly? I think about what I significantly like in regards to the portray or issues that I did properly in the course of the portray course of. This would possibly embody good use of method, fixing a troublesome downside, fixing a mistake, or conveying the topic in a inventive method.

What might be improved? Even my greatest work have facets that might be improved. Few individuals might say in any other case, except your identify occurs to be Joaquín Sorolla or Diego Velázquez. The problem is appropriately figuring out these weak facets. When you’re new to portray, you’ll battle with this. You would possibly know one thing is unsuitable with the portray however be unable to slender down on the true concern. Nevertheless it’s vital to attempt. Begin with broad classes. Does the difficulty relate to worth, composition, edge, form, colour, drawing, and so forth? Then slender it down from there.

For this course of to be efficient, you will need to take away any sense of ego. That is no time to be conceited or humble. Simply say it as it’s. Be goal. When you’re combating this, fake your portray was executed by one other artist and take your self out of the equation.

Additionally, watch out about evaluating your self to others. I largely mirror on my work in relation to my earlier work. I’m not trying to create the most effective portray on the planet; I simply need this portray to be a bit higher than the final.

I solely use comparability as a method to visualize what I’m aiming for in portray. My favourite artists symbolize the higher echelon of portray. They present me what’s potential and so they give me one thing to shoot for. I could by no means be a part of them or surpass them, however that’s OK. The enjoyment is in making an attempt and bettering.

Anyway, the next is my self-reflection.

Am I Pleased With the Portray?

Sure. It appears recent and painterly, but life like. And most significantly, it jogs my memory of that overcast day in Maleny with my household.

What Went Properly?

  • The brushwork and colours I used for the sloping land are spot on.
  • The impasto brushwork and damaged colour I used for the characteristic plant draw focus to the world and create the phantasm of element and exercise.
  • The timber within the background seem life like with out drawing an excessive amount of consideration. Not simple to do!

What Might Be Improved?

  • The sky might be a contact lighter. I additionally might have used extra variance by way of colour. The sky was a chance to make use of refined shifts in temperature and worth to create curiosity and depth.
  • The intricate branches on the prime are a bit sloppy. I ought to have used a finer brush and been extra delicate with my method.
  • I reworked the characteristic plant and foreground an excessive amount of. Remodeling normally means I’m not sure of my subsequent steps and I’m making an attempt to guess my method by way of the portray. The much less remodeling I do, the higher.

Train (Non-compulsory):

Mirror in your work. Are you proud of the portray? What went properly? What might be improved?

Thanks a lot for becoming a member of me on this workshop! Hope you realized one thing new. I’ll ship you an e-mail tomorrow to wrap issues up.

Let me know your ideas within the remark part beneath. And if you find yourself portray from my reference photograph, ship us a photograph to [email protected]. I’d like to see the way it seems.


Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy

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