Tip File: Practice Learning How to See

Make a viewfinder by cutting a window in a piece of
matboard.
Look closely at the subject,
whether it’s a still life setup or a landscape or something undefined.

Find a subject that interests you. Look at it for an entire minute. Write down or draw
a picture of three things that come to mind. This exercise will help you verify
what is dominant about the subject, so you won’t become lost in the details.

Don’t leave the house. There’s so much subject matter right in your own
home! Use the viewfinder to allow you a more perceptive look at what’s there.
From battered iron skillets to white sheets—everything takes on more interest
if you look closely

This
tip is an excerpt from an article titled “In Search of Beauty,” by Mary Todd Beam. To read the full article, click here and order The Artist’s Magazine‘s 2007 Annual CD.

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