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One of the most common mistakes that beginning painters make is to include too many hard edges. Maybe this is because we are often taught as children to “fill in all the colors”. If you paint in this manner you are not seeing the world as an artist.
Sharp edges are compelling when combined with a polarity of values. In other words if you place a sharp edge where the light is very light and the dark is very dark you will certainly create and electrifying visual event in the painting. But sharp edges must be kept to a minimum and used only with a clear pictorial purpose in mind. A painting should be like a symphony with a crescendo. Start off your painting by writing down a clear vision of where the hard edge will be placed and usually this is where you want to draw the viewers most attention. Other areas can be broken color, softer edges and thinner paint to create your song.
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