Fechin on Technique

Many aspiring artists think about technique as if it’s a rigid toolbox. But it’s much more like a language, or music, or a dance. Fechin has some wise words on the matter:

“Technique should be considered only as a means to an end but never as the end itself. To me, technique should be unlimited, fed by a constant growth in ability and understanding. It must never be mere virtuosity but an endless accumulation of qualities and wisdom.”

​Fechin’s work is a wonderful demonstration of these words. Here’s a great example. Notice the thick, impasto strokes; the bursts of color; the texture; the delicate rendering of the subject’s eyes; the mix of broken and soft edges. All woven together with harmony.

Nicolai Fechin, Portrait of a Young Girl, 1910
Nicolai Fechin, Portrait of a Young Girl, 1910

Few artists have been able to use such a wide range of techniques with such mastery. A true artist’s artist.

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Happy painting!

Dan Scott



Dan Scott is the founder of Draw Paint Academy. He's a self-taught artist from Australia with a particular interest in landscape painting. Draw Paint Academy is run by Dan and his wife, Chontele, with the aim of helping you get the most out of the art life. You can read more on the About page.