If someone had given you all sorts of numbers, like on a chalkboard, with parenthesis, plus signs, minus signs, multiplication signs and division signs, equal signs, brackets and they said “okay, here you go… Do algebra”. It would be very difficult to do algebra. But, if someone had demonstrated how to do algebra, it would be difficult, but eventually you could do it and you could grasp it. Painting is much the same way in that we put a model up in front of you, say a nude as in the classical way to learn (and it’s the hardest way). So, they give you a nude and then they squeeze out paints and they say “okay, do a painting”. Often oil painting class can feel just like this.
It is crazy to think that you could do painting immediately from life in an oil painting class. The shift I am looking for is in your understanding of painting. It is sort of like algebra. Painting is a translation; so to translate what you see onto your canvas with no real prior explanations, is nearly impossible.
So, here is what I want you to think about instead.now: “how I translate this – where do I want to go”. Do I want to do algebra that looks like Rembrandt, do I want to do algebra that looks like Alice Neal. Then you have someone that has explained it to you through their paintings and now you can translate it into your art using those lessons learned from the master’s paintings. For the parts that you can’t get from their paintings you and a great oil painting class art teacher can work together and figure it out. In Daniel Edmondson oil painting DVD algebra is easy.