Enhancing the Form

November 26, 2018
By Richard Robinson
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Simplifying form is one of the core skills of painting. As children we over-simplify forms, but as adult painters we tend to want to over-complicate them, adding in every little detail.

That's not necessary to convey a realistic impression of an object and in fact a slightly simpler rendering can often be more compelling for the viewer since it leaves room for their minds to fill in the details - to connect the dots. Our brains love that!

Simplifying reflections in shiny objects can help strengthen a form and make it easier to read. Remember that one next time you have something shiny to paint.

Learn more about painting still lifes in Painting Workshops 2.


Happy Painting!