Paint to Your Audience

I teach an open studio class where students can work on anything they want. One thing I’ve noticed about beginning artists is that they often haven’t thought about the viewer at all. What I always stress is to keep the viewer in mind when you’re painting. That’s an entirely different problem from understanding value or color. Painting is in your eyes as much as it is in your fingers. Learn to look—to see––first, then paint.

Catherine Anderson is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society. Visit her Web site at

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