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I’ll be honest with you all–I am not a painting technician. I read a lot about art and, as you know, love to look at paintings and drawings all day long, but I am still a babe in the woods when it comes to many methods and approaches to painting.
For example, I’ve heard a lot about the sight-size painting method, but it’s been challenging to find someone who can answer my questions about it and really prep me on both the rudiments and the big-picture aspects of it. But I was determined to dig up the story.
I mean, seeing the subject in a natural way that allows you to compare your work directly to nature sounds pretty good to me. I knew that with the sight-size method you position your surface side by side to what you are drawing or painting, so that when you step back they are the same size and you can view them together. But when I would ask people for details, they’d scurry away with lame excuses, or I’d often I’d read a good article and have questions that I couldn’t get answered.
Is it really that complicated? Fortunately, I found that it is not–thanks to Judith Kudlow, an expert instructor and practicing artist whose video workshop, Classical Painting: The Realist Sight-Size Method, is now available on ArtistsNetwork.tv. Judith answers my questions: where this approach came from and why, how to improve my hand-eye accuracy, and how to conquer proportions, which is one of my biggest and continuous challenges (never let me paint you–your head will always be way too small or way too big).
Like I said, I know I have a lot to learn, but what keeps me from getting overwhelmed and crying in the corner is that I’m always game for trying. I now feel ready to try sight-size, which seems like the gateway for rendering accurately, and Kudlow’s painting instruction is what gave me the confidence to do that. Classical Painting: The Realist Sight-Size Method definitely gave me the answers I wanted and a start on the technical savvy that I need. I hope it is the same for you. Enjoy!