Questions & Answers About ART

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If so please ask at the bottom of the page.

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Q: Does Technique Help Me Express Myself?

Everything that happens in art, like choosing colors, shapes and compositions, etc., has a myriad of decisions inherent within it. Does understanding/knowing technique in the medium you’re working with make making those decisions easier/simpler? In other words, does the more experience I have with technique make expressing what I have inside easier and clearer?
– Loren


Now THAT’S a question!
YES YES YES: All the parts that make up a strong art piece, such as composition, handling the medium, content choices, color palette, line quality, dealing with negative space … can be taught and are the technical part of the piece. The more you practice an awareness of these things, the more you will have to give to your art. So YES, they can make it easier to express yourself in the long run.
NO NO NO: Experience overall, more than just technique, helps you express yourself better, more easily and clearly. If you never took a lesson and just kept making art, you would find your way intuitively.  Sometimes we can be less expressive with too much emphasis and knowledge of technique. So, like all things in life, it’s a balance. Gently move forward while staying in touch with what YOUR work needs, and be supple enough to not let insecurities about lack of knowledge run the show.

Q: How to View an Art Exhibition?

I am going to see the Georgia O’Keefe show at the deYoung Museum. As a student of drawing and painting what should I look for, pay attention to, or take notice of in her art that will help me with my own art?
– Flo


Flo, I plan on going to this show as well. Thank you for priming my palate by asking this

question. I like to start by reading something about the show and its central focus. This way I have a greater understanding of where the curator is coming from. I personally admire much of Georgia O’keeffe’s work, yet I also find other pieces uninteresting. This should have little to do with viewing an exhibition because learning from all types of work will help you grow in your own work. Here is a quick list of things to keep in mind when viewing an art exhibition.

  • Make sure you give yourself enough time and that you are not hungry or impatient when viewing an art exhibition.
  • Take time to review what the show is about, the medium, the artist and the gallery or museums intention of the show, prior to viewing.
  • Make a point to view works you’re attracted to as well as works you are not.

Ask yourself some questions when viewing art such as:

Top 10 Questions to Ask When Viewing Art

Q: What is the best medium to start with?

If a person has never done any painting, what is the best medium to start with?
– Carol


Another great question. The very best place to start if you have never painted before is with charcoal or pastels. Charcoal is black while pastels have color. The hardest thing about painting can be how to control the paint to achieve the look or feel your wanting. Charcoal allows you to learn how to create lights and darks, shapes and composition in a medium that is one step away from using paint. This way you can develop the skills you will need for painting. Especially if you’re interested in any level of realism.  After that I would say acrylic paint. It easy to clean and less expensive for a first time painter. Every medium requires a different way of working. Taking classes that provide the paint is a great way to get to know them first.

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