Tippette: Don't spend too much time trying to find the "perfect" spot. You could spend hours walking around. Settle down in short order, and get to work on whatever's in front of you, especially when everything's as lovely as it is in downtown, historic Charleston!
Yesterday, we tackled architecture, that dreaded P word (perspective). Drawing comes easy to some, and not to others. For those of you that fit into the second category, I recommend two things:
1. Buy yourself a copy of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards and do the exercises in the book. It's THE best advice I can give. Click HERE for a link to it on Amazon.
2. Buy a Compose-It-Grid and learn to use it. See http://compose-it-grids.com/.
Painting "en plein air" is invaluable. My students are no longer newbies, overcoming their fear and hesitation of painting outdoors. They learned a lot about how to truly see the relationships of one section (or plane) to another. I gave my students a handout of my "en plein air" tips. If you'd like a copy, email me at helenKbeacham@gmail.com (remember to include the K in the middle of my name or it won't come to me) and I'll be glad to send you one! And why not leave me a comment below about YOUR first experience painting outdoors!
Come paint Montreal, Maine, Charleston, and Magnolia Plantation with me in 2014! In May 2015, we go back to Venice!!! Find details HERE.
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