(I recently read an article by William (Skip) Lawrence, a noted artist and teacher, describing the restrictions of learning to paint focused only on a particular technique. That approach is really popular in workshopss where the unspoken goal is to be able to paint more like the instructor, focusing on the "how to" of painting. It produces conformity, not a lot of creativity. I know from experience that it's a lot easier to work that way, teaching or painting.
The real challenge is to create the "why", (one I've given myself )- to make painting decisions with that goal in mind. Another artist I admire said she gives a title to her painting as she begins the idea so that she keeps her focus.
Pictured is a piece of YUPO paper
with a pour of liquid acrylics. I love
the colors and it speaks to me of the
layered colors of the western land-
scape. I have several ideas for
developing it. I think I'll title it,
"Moab". I wonder where it will go!
"In short, the most original artists
begin with an idea and then the form serves to communicate it. The imitative artists often feature a technique and then have to search for an idea to justify their effort" William Lawrence.