When NOT to Follow My Lead

I have been fairly open about what I’m working on and my process for over nine or so years. Part of this is for my own self-improvement, and part of it is to help you on your journey.

Whilst there are some things I do okay, there are many things I do where you should NOT follow my lead (or at least do so with care). A few that come to mind are:

  • My studio is often quite messy and disorganized.
  • I often work too fast and would be better off slowing down and being more calculated at times.
  • I rarely clean my brushes. I just leave them in solvent between sessions.
  • I often forget to clean my palette at the end of my painting sessions. The paint dries and I then need to spend half an hour or so scraping it all down.
  • I can be inconsistent with my output. I might churn out painting after painting one month, then create nothing the next.
  • I often run out of paints and other supplies midway through the painting process, forcing me to make an inconvenient trip to the local art store.

These are just bad habits and tendencies I have picked up over the years. There’s no other explanation for them, really. In a perfect world, I would iron them out, but I have just learned to work around them.

The point is, don’t blindly follow me or any artist for that matter. That includes the masters. Instead, follow my broad decisions and processes and look for good habits to adopt. Things that will complement you as an artist and fit in with how you like to paint.

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Happy painting!

Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy

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.