“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!”
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