To Plan or Not to Plan: That is the Question

August 07, 2019 1 min read

Many artists talk about the importance of planning a painting. Watermedia artist, Carla O'Connor (Figure Design in Gouache: The Process) takes a wholly different approach. She doesn't overly plan her painting. She goes in knowing some things but mostly she lets the painting evolve as she works. She wants to be surprised along the way. It's one of the great joys she gets from painting. 

Now, Carla O'Connor has been painting for over 30 years. She understands design, color, and composition on an inutitive level. She can make decisions and work through problems on a subconscious level at a level a beginning artist can't yet.

But her approach to the process is still something to take note of no matter where you are skill wise. If you really love all the surprises that come with not having a final painting in mind when you start, give it a try. 

If you'd like to see how Carla O'Connor works through a painting, check out her video workshop, Figure Design in Gouache: The Process.

 


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