Two Similarities Between Writing and Painting

Posted on April 10, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

#1: Learning technique: the first step in writing and art

In writing understanding sentence structure is the backbone to the base of your words, be it punctuation, participles, or prepositions. Personally I struggle with all of them.

As with writing, structure is vital in drawing. It is important to master the basic technique of transcribing details and learning the vanishing point of perspective.

For both medias, gaining control of core concepts will give your creative whim credibility.

#2: Allow your creativity to flow. This is the joy that makes all the practice worth the effort. In writing, as much as I enjoy wildly putting my thoughts on paper, I've learned it is best to let the musing rest overnight and critique it the next day. Re-writing is an essential step for me.

With painting I tend to be a non-sketcher so it often takes re-doing pieces to get the end results I desire. Like in writing, erasers work in painting, too. To illustrate, below is a watercolor I have lightened the colors on the right side which prepares the paper for re-painting allowing for a second chance to capture the beauty of the flowers.

I image cooking, dancing, and other arts involve the same two step process. Have you discovered that in your own creative endeavors?

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