Welcome to the ultimate lesson of the Portray the Panorama workshop.

Within the final lesson, I confirmed you the way my portray turned out. I’ll title it, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers. Now it’s time to replicate on my work.

Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022
Dan Scott, Maleny, White, Purple, and Blue Flowers, 2022

At any time when I end a portray, I briefly replicate on the way it turned out, what went properly, and what I might enhance for subsequent time. I do that in my head, however for demonstration functions, I’ll doc my ideas in a extra structured format.

My self-reflection course of includes three questions:

Am I pleased with the portray? This can be a high-level query that summarizes my basic ideas concerning the portray. The reply is often an easy “sure”, “no”, or “it’s OK”.

What went properly? I take into account what I significantly like concerning the portray or issues that I did properly in the course of the portray course of. This would possibly embrace good use of method, fixing a troublesome drawback, fixing a mistake, or conveying the topic in a inventive manner.

What might be improved? Even my finest work have features that might be improved. Few folks might say in any other case, until your title occurs to be Joaquín Sorolla or Diego Velázquez. The problem is appropriately figuring out these weak features. If you happen to’re new to portray, you’ll wrestle with this. You would possibly know one thing is fallacious with the portray however be unable to slim down on the true subject. But it surely’s necessary to strive. Begin with broad classes. Does the problem relate to worth, composition, edge, form, coloration, drawing, and so on? Then slim it down from there.

Bonus obtain: Paintings Self-Critique Worksheet.

For this course of to be efficient, it’s essential to take away any sense of ego. That is no time to be smug or humble. Simply say it as it’s. Be goal. If you happen to’re scuffling with this, faux your portray was completed by one other artist and take your self out of the equation.

Additionally, watch out about evaluating your self to others. I largely replicate on my work in relation to my earlier work. I’m not trying to create the very best portray on the planet; I simply need this portray to be a bit higher than the final.

I solely use comparability as a option to visualize what I’m aiming for in portray. My favourite artists characterize the higher echelon of portray. They present me what’s potential they usually give me one thing to shoot for. I could by no means be part of them or surpass them, however that’s OK. The enjoyment is in attempting and enhancing.

Anyway, the next is my self-reflection.

Am I Comfortable With the Portray?

Sure. It seems recent and painterly, but lifelike. And most significantly, it jogs my memory of that overcast day in Maleny with my household.

What Went Nicely?

  • The brushwork and colours I used for the sloping land are spot on.
  • The impasto brushwork and damaged coloration I used for the function plant draw focus to the world and create the phantasm of element and exercise.
  • The timber within the background seem lifelike with out drawing an excessive amount of consideration. Not simple to do!

What May Be Improved?

  • The sky might be a contact lighter. I additionally might have used extra variance when it comes to coloration. The sky was a possibility to make use of refined shifts in temperature and worth to create curiosity and depth.
  • The intricate branches on the prime are a bit sloppy. I ought to have used a finer brush and been extra delicate with my method.
  • I reworked the function plant and foreground an excessive amount of. Transforming often means I’m not sure of my subsequent steps and I’m attempting to guess my manner via the portray. The much less remodeling I do, the higher.

Train (Elective):

Replicate in your work. Are you pleased with the portray? What went properly? What might be improved? You should use the Paintings Self-Critique Worksheet.

Thanks a lot for becoming a member of me on this workshop! Hope you realized one thing new. I’ll ship you an e mail tomorrow to wrap issues up.

Let me know your ideas within the remark part beneath. And if you find yourself portray from my reference photograph, ship us a photograph to [email protected]. I’d like to see the way it seems.


Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy

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