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Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned Painting : Part 5 of 5

Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned Painting

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Painting Step #4: The Final Layer of Color

  • Final Layer of ColorChange the colors you don't like by painting over them and make the colors you DO like better by adding different shades of that color to the space. Just like in life, CHANGE what you don't like about your project. It is not finished yet. It is never too late to completely paint over a color you don't like or take a new angle. Maybe you have even scheduled an interview or accepted a new job, but your intuition is telling you it is wrong. Don't go through with it until you feel good about it. See how this vase of flowers changed its colors completely? BUT see how the colors from each layer showing through make it more interesting?
  • Add the finishing touches, the final details here. Don't miss out on the opportunity to create something really fabulous by stopping short. Look at the following two paintings. This one is FINE.


  • But this one is much more FUN!


  • Some of us have a hard time finishing our creative projects down to the last detail. I am one of them! It is more fun to move on to the next thing or just be done. But I have learned from painting that taking the time to add the final details makes everything more complete!

Why doesn't EVERYONE paint? Fear. Why doesn't EVERYONE live their fullest, truest, most authentic life? Fear. Overcome your fear of the canvas. Listen to it as you make your mark, step by step, and allow a new way of thinking about life sink into you. YOU are BOTH the art + the artist. We are artists at our core. It is our ability to create that makes us human. It is this ability that we all now must call on and summon up in order to meet the challenges that face us with optimism, compassion, innovation, and imagination!

**INTERESTING NOTE** Many people have reported that they learned more about painting and had more fun learning via online programs than in a traditional art class because they did not have to worry about comparing their work to those around them. That goes against what we commonly believe, but it is worthwhile insight. You can encourage yourself with this info and finally take the fear out of the blank canvas! •

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Whitney FreyaWhitney Freya is the author of The Artist Within, A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit and 33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids. More »

Updated 1/14/14