Watercolor - 11x15
The first step in the artistic journey is to develop a high degree of ability and skill in your media of choice. Learn how to use the brushes, mix colors and apply the paint to the paper. Get comfortable with the actual act of painting - practice, practice, practice.
The second stage is to start to looking more closely at the visual structure of the subject you are painting. How is it formed, what color is it and what values need to be used to replicate it on paper.?What makes that particular subject visually exciting and intriguing?
The third stage of your creative development is to decide how to help the viewer experience that particular visual and emotional moment that you want to capture in your art. Use creative colors for your subject, exaggerate certain visual properties like texture and shape. Develop an exciting composition by using a value pattern that leads the eye of the viewer through the painting. Be bold, play, explore and experiment!
This every evolving artistic process is a very personal one and lasts a lifetime. The creative possibilities are endless and help motivate the artist to continue learning from each and every painting experience that they have.