Learning to see the light

To try to imbue my paintings with these classic qualities, I’ve spent years practicing a painting method best described as “form painting.” It involves precisely seeing the distribution of light over a particular shape and then painting tonal progressions to mimic it.
To do this, I mix individual colors with a brush on the palette and apply them to imitate the changes of light and shade that I see on the actual object. Accordingly, form painting is the result of breaking free from conventional ways of seeing that are based on symbolic preconceptions, and instead documenting what the eyes are actually seeing. It’s quite literally learning to see the light.
In this way, form painting is a “window shade” technique: Each section builds from another, and the painting slowly reveals itself as if a window shade were being drawn up to expose the scene hidden behind it.

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