Remember this canvas?
It has turned into this:
(Please pardon the glare.)
"There are times when I have started a work with an end in mind, but then, for one reason or another, as my picture unfolded, it emphatically suggested another direction... I always accept the risk and go for it. I'm convinced that at such times my painting is wiser than I am." Richard Schmid.8. Don't wait to stop when the canvas is covered in paint, don't stop as soon as the canvas is covered with paint. Stop when the point of the painting is communicated.
"How often have we all come to that crucial point in a painting where it is practically 'begging' us to stop before we ruin it? We have all had that experience and we risk failure, or at the least mediocrity, if we ignore the voice in our art." Richard Schmid.
"The strength and clarity of the picture you envision at the start will tell you when you are done. You are finished when you have said what you wish to say, when nothing added can make it better." Richard Schmid.9. Create a painting, poetry with lines and shapes and colors. Don't copy a scene. (I'm so guilty of this over and over and over.)
"Paint like a pig eats." Richard Schmid.