Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Workdesk Wednesday: The importance of study.

It's so crucial to study and learn new techniques, skills and processes in order to grow as an artist. If you don't take the time to learn more about the areas of art making that you struggle with, then you will continue to have difficulties in that area.

WOYWW  - What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday? This is what's on mine.

This week I'm looking at John Howard Sanden's 29 Steps for portrait painting. It's a great book that goes through step by step on how to creating a portrait in Oils. If you are not familiar with Sanden's work, he does 'alla prima' portraits that are very painterly and realistic, he paints like I aspire to paint like. I'm very excited to have my hands on one of his books and to be learning a little from a true master.

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  1. Well you paint like I aspire to there! I am so impressed that you continue to learn, no wonder being an artist is such an encompassing and absorbing thing.

  2. Hello Tracey, I have just come upon your inspiring blog, your art work is impressive, so happy to have found you here!

  3. Tracey, you already paint way past my aspirations and now you have a great book to make you even better. So jealous :)
    In truth, I really need to learn skills instead of muddling through.
    Still really love that green bunny.

    Von :)

    1. Von, There are so many resources available online and in libraries for learning new art skills, if you need some direction or advice on where to look please let me know. xx

  4. Hello from the UK. What amazing artwork, you inspire me! Happy WOYWW x
    Sophie no.88

  5. Can't wait to see what you do with this, because I already think your work is amazing!

  6. Wow. What you say in the opening of your post is just what I need to hear! I'm taking an e-course on sketching and art journaling and am struggling with the sketching. I'm more of a doodler. Practice, practice, practice is in my future!

    I love the painting of the girl holding the rooster - very sweet!

    Happy WOYWW

  7. Your work is really beautiful. I like to read to learn too but I also love WOYWW as I have been inspired by so many people. The only trouble is I want to do more! Anne #66

  8. Stunning work. Good to keep learning, keeps things interesting. Famfa #125 (visiting no's ending in 5 today)

  9. Keep up the great work, love seeing what you're doing. Thanks for sharing for this WOYWW, I'm nosing my way through the list! Take care Zo xx 22

  10. Wednesday’s sure do come around quick! Trying again to make “All” the rounds. I'm envious.. I wish I could paint like you. Very talented! Have a great day!

  11. I agree we always have to keep studying! Even a wonderfull artist like you! :^) Patsy from

  12. I always love your artwork! so fresh and lovely. stopping by from WOYWW: Marcia #160

  13. At first I was having a terrible time leaving comments on blogs last night. They didn't want to post. NOW I get "service unavailable when I try to leave a comment. It's really frustrating. I see others having trouble with MY link, too.

    I am sure that book will come in handy, although you are already a fabulous artist. Happy WOYWW from # 7.

  14. Wow, you are a fabulous artist, so glad that I found your blog. I so wish that I could draw. #25

  15. Hi Tracey, Your work is already beautiful. I guess it can only get even more beautiful! Happy creating! RosA#29

  16. Phewph... apologies for visiting so late but I'm new to WOYWW and its quite a task to get to visit everyone. I joined because I lost my mojo for the last 12 years but thankfully with WOYWW help it's coming back.
    I loved seeing your work and thanks for letting me take a peek :D
    Neesie #37

  17. WOYWWers, thank you all for your lovely comments, your support is much appreciated. I'm in the process of visiting your blogs and seeing what you have all been up too. I'm a little late in getting around as I've been fighting a cold the last few days. Happy Creating All xx