July 24, 2019 1 min read
When you're first starting to learn to paint, it can feel like the wild west from a process standpoint. You do this and then that and maybe it works and maybe it doesn't.
The longer you paint, you'll often find that you start noticing that there are a particular order of steps you take to work through a painting. This is your process.
Watercolorist Dan Marshall has seen the power of process. It allows him to create his award-winning paintings. It's also what allows him to paint quickly.
Part of the reason for this is that with a process, you don't have to think through all your choices at each stage. And you've learned where it's most important to think through an idea. For example, composition choices are most effective at the beginning of a painting. Tiny marks most effective at the end.
Your process may look wildly different than that of your artist buddies. But artists like Dan Marshall encourage you to experiment with them until you find one that works for you. You'll be surprised at how much it helps you create strong paintings.
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