by Janet Glatz www.janetglatz.com
Don't make the mistake of believing you know what objects look like and how they are formed.
The above image is of a random search of beginner's paintings. Anyone can tell a novice painter made it, but what are the factors that make it stand out as amateurish?
After thirty years, can I make a reasonably good painting without references? Sure. After thirty years I should be able to; but I still use references, even for the smallest things--the tie-up on a dock; the particular movement of a twisted branch. These are the things that make one a realistic painter.