If you start a painting that lacks structure--well, you know the experience... repainting this part, overworking that and getting lost and frustrated about how to proceed. And until that structural problem is understood it will continue to plague, frustrate and hamper each painting's progress and success.
Ian Roberts - Mastering Composition Volume1 and 2
Build the Foundation for Consistently Better Paintings
Most unsuccessful paintings are ruined before the brush even gets to the canvas. Why?
Weak composition. There's no structure. No foundation.
Composition is the bedrock of every good representational painting.
For something as fundamental as this it's surprising it isn't isolated and taught more often.
Go to the list of classes at your local art college and see if you can find a course on composition.
Ian Roberts has taught painting to hundreds of students in Provence and Tuscany, as well as the U.S. through his school Atelier Saint-Luc. He realized after teaching workshops for the past ten years to both beginners and professionals, if there was room for one badly needed teaching tool to help representational painters, composition was it.
So he has developed a unique video course that will teach you the basics of strong compositions. It will dramatically improve your painting, whether you paint landscapes, still-lifes or figures.
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