Monday Motivator: Leave Stuff Out, Please!

Monday Motivator Motivation Quote

“There probably never was a picture that was poor because it lacked detail or subject-matter; rather the opposite.

“Bad paintings are usually so overloaded with useless detail that the essentials are obliterated.”
John F Carlson, “Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting”, page 41

“But it’s in my photograph” is the worst reason for including something in a painting.

It’s akin to “but that colour was in my paintbox so I used it”.

Include it for a reason, your reason. Use it for a reason, your choice. It may simply be “because I think it looks pretty”. But please, not solely “because it was there”.

2 Replies to “Monday Motivator: Leave Stuff Out, Please!”

  1. I just think your emails are wonderful. Thanks
    (and I always smile when I remember how you made our meeting possible!)

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