|A Motif I'm Considering to Paint (& Squint At)|
My eyesight isn’t all that great to begin with, so I feel as if I’m naturally squinting all the time anyway. But squinting as you paint is not the same thing.
It means you should step back from your work, scrunch up your nose a little bit, make your eyes into little slits and really squint at your work.
What on earth? Well, there is both rhyme and reason for doing this seemingly idiotic gesture while you paint.
It allows you, your eyes, and your brain to determine the values in your work better than merely looking at it. By squinting, you sort of “gray” everything down in your vision so that there is better contrast between the lights and the darks.
In theory this should help you see (and paint) the correct values more easily.
You can accomplish the same thing by taking a black and white photo of your motif and then printing out a copy. The darks, lights, and grays will all become more obvious than in color.
Or you can just squint.
If you’re not doing this already, then give this painting tip a try and see if it improves your natural painting abilities.