In this post, I have a quick tip for you and that’s to back up from your work every once in a while, while painting or drawing and look at it from a distance.
Always looking at something up close, like you are while working, doesn’t give you a clear picture of how it’s coming along, and you may add unnecessary details.
If you look at something your work a few feet away, you might see that it’s looking better than you thought it was.
If you’re working with your piece upright, this is easy just move your chair, or take a few steps back. If you’re working with your piece flat, pick it up and hold it away from you like this. Alternatively, you could just stand up for a few seconds.
Also, if you work is displayed in a gallery, most people will be viewing from about one or two feet away anyway, so backing up from your work and viewing it from this distance will give you a better idea of how other people will see your work.
Something I’ve been trying to remember to do and something I suggest you do, is to photograph your work from a bit of a distance to, like one or two feet, since this will give a more pleasant viewing experience.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife