Thursday, August 29, 2013

Studies - another way to improve

August 29, 2013

Painting studies and doing the same thing multiple times is another good way to improve.  When I took a workshop with Maggie Siner she recommended doing between 5-8 small studies to perfect your composition.

This goes along with painting the same subject until you have it right. 

My last blog showed examples of my efforts to improve on my first painting of the donuts with a white paper bag.  My last painting includes a paper bag along with an apple.  My last painting is the one I like the best so practicing on the subtleties of the paper bag was worth the number of practice paintings for studies.


  1. I really enjoy reading your posts. They are so informative. I like the idea of doing something over until you "get it right". Thanks for sharing, Carol.

  2. Creating a series is the best way to perfect a subject matter. I especially like the composition in your 3rd painting. Adding the pink stick really helps the eye move throughout the painting instead of stopping at the donut. I also like the contrast of values and shapes.