Painting How To: Writing About Your Artwork

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Writing about your artwork is also a good thing to do. After all, writing and painting are both forms of composition. And writing stimulates the kind of thoughtful, critical, and introspective thinking that can help you further develop your craft. When we examine where we are, we can figure out what we need to do to get where we’d like to be. So writing about painting can help facilitate this process of invention and discovery.

While painting is a solitary endeavor, the activity of painting is really an interpersonal task, one that, though often accomplished in isolation from others, becomes more evident when you begin writing about it. And by doing so, you’re able to share your thoughts with others who might read about it. This is somewhat different than the way artists usually communicate… by simply exhibiting their work and allowing people to see it.

An exchange of ideas between artists who are willing to discuss strengths and weaknesses is also a healthy thing to do. You can accomplish this simply by talking with and listening to what each artist has to say.  You can do much the same thing by writing down your thoughts and circulating them about to your colleagues and friends for comments.

I did this by expanding upon a series of articles I had first written for a local art association newsletter. I placed them in a binder and circulated copies about to various colleagues for comments.  They were very kind to mark up copies with notes, including suggestions for possible improvements, but also various encouraging remarks.  I incorporated these in the text and expanded upon certain sections per many of the suggestions I received.

The subsequent version of this initial writing effort about watercolor painting sat around for several months gathering dust before I decided what to do next. I did some further reading, research, and soon after… some further writing. It was also about this time that I began the task of moving most of my paintings from home to Summer Studios. So, naturally, I included something about this experience as well.

By the time I had completed these various tasks, it was necessary to type very everything up, reread it, add exhibits, and edit it. This editing process occurred over and over again. I eventually packaged what I had accomplished up and made enough copies to send about to colleagues and friends for further comments.