Don't Edit Yourself (During the Painting Process)

Don't Edit Yourself (During the Painting Process)

As painters we sometimes analyze what we do while we are painting. This approach for me is detrimental to my results. I prefer to empty everything out onto the canvas and then analyze and edit it later. This is directly related to my "Paint First, Then Think" philosophy, whereby you paint everything first with no analyzation of the results (Paint First-right brain). Once I feel I am finished, I retreat to my thinking chair to analyze the results (Then Think-left brain). I use both sides of my brain, but at separate times during the process.

My thinking is that not editing during the painting process allows you to paint from your heart revealing the real you on the canvas. I believe if you paint from your head analyzing as you go, that you can bypass the real you. Your work should be different from everyone else because no one else is you or paints like you. I want to see the real you coming from your heart. I want to see the real you on the canvas. You don't know what might be hidden inside of you that wants to come out if you won't allow it to do so. It may just be the one thing that makes your work unique.

As a painting instructor, I want to see everything my students have within them come out on the canvas. I want to know who they are, where they are, what they have experienced, their worldview. Art collectors want that too. They want to see the world through YOUR eyes. Some collect art just so they can catch a glimpse of another world; a world only known by the one who created it.

My wife says I don't have a filter, and lots of times that gets me in trouble. But in the studio, it is my greatest asset. I have learned over the years to not edit and not filter what comes out. You can do this too! The world is waiting to see what comes out - and so am I!

If you would like to learn more about my Paint First, Then Think philosophy, then please join me for a workshopjoin one of my online courses, or get an Individual Art Lesson.