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Same but different

I am sometimes asked why do so many of my students paint the same thing?

From the outside they can all look the same but in reality they are all "SO" different just like the personality of the student artist that painted them.

In my workshops Students always have the option to use their own compositions but rarely ever do. Thave a better understanding of the process and my techniques, the advantage of using same composition helps to prevent the student from falling back into old habits. It also helps to remove the fear of competition or the stress of not being able to draw fast enough which can delay the painting process.

We all have to start somewhere and that is usually by being inspired by another artist's work and In order to have better understanding of how the artist might have created the painting we copy what we see and learn by recreating what has inspired us.

It can all look so easy but in reality it can be quite a challenge.


 This is when the magic happens, using the same composition and basic shapes allows students to apply techniques. Then when giving a critique no one painting is singled out. we all learn from each others painting, what works, what doesn't, color etc. thing you might want to add or change. 


After we look at all of the paintings together, 
we look at each painting individually to see the artist behind the painting.

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