“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
Raise your hand if you've ever painted the same still life as someone else. 🙋♀️ Me! I have!
Now, can you remember the final results? Did yours look the same as the others who painted it? Of course not! And yes, some of that is attributable to style, technique, experience, and other more concrete factors. However, we all see things differently.
Here is an extreme example. Some of my kids are color blind. If they chose to change their career paths and become artists, they obviously don't interpret colors the same way that I do or anyone else who isn't colorblind. But it isn't just color or how accurately we see it.
Our cultures inform our brushstrokes. We bring our backgrounds with us to the easel and our unique artist's eye kicks in. Only you can paint like you. How amazing is that!?!
So, whenever you see something a little differently, like the edges of a horse instead of its entirety 😉, take the plunge. Trying is a gift and validation to your inner artist, while creating is a gift to everyone else who can't see things quite the way you do. There is only one you. 😊
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using a Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
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