April 9, 2023

How to problem-solve a painting

I just thought I’d share a tip about my painting process. I’m working on this painting, and the top isn’t working, so I need to make a change. When this happens, I look for clues in other parts of the painting where there is a feeling and energy I like. In this case, the bottom area has that feeling—a freshness I want to see elsewhere. I don’t want to repeat it exactly, but now I understand how to move forward with that feeling in mind.

Take a look…

This is how I problem-solve! The answer to your next move is usually somewhere in the painting. Look for the parts that are working and bring that same quality to other areas in the work.

Does this problem-solving method resonate with you? Let me know in the comments.

On this week’s podcast, I answer some of YOUR questions that you recorded on our podcast page. This is a new feature and it’s great to hear your voices! (Please note that this feature is only available on art2lifepodcast.com.) Many of you had similar questions about flow, and how to finish a painting. Those are two of the four I’ll be talking about this week. I hope you’ll join me for our next episode coming out on Wednesday! Click here to listen to and subscribe to the Art2Life Podcast.

Have a great Sunday!


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Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

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