The Rules of Painting

 Not too long ago I went to a somewhat prestigious “intensive studies” painting seminar/workshop. It was a 10-day event that was designed to give serious artists feedback/critique about their work. It was an interesting experience because there were several teachers who floated around among many participants giving their feedback. Some of the feedback was contradictory, and therefore challenging. While I was at the workshop, I felt the need to write this poem about the rules of painting:


The Rules of Painting

They tell me that my paintings must have intent,
To convey a meaning.
They must also reflect all of the rules.
There are many rules to follow to create a work of art.
No faces on abstract figures.
Someone may see themself.
There should be no random, lost or adventurous lines of paint.
All colors must be blended like vanilla cream cheese frosting.
It is best to use muted grays.
Bright, intense color can be jarring
And may upset a little.
Orange is fine.

I think that one of my paintings done at the workshop especially reflects my overall impression of my experience.

Tangle-acrylic painting

Tangle, 11×14, acrylic on canvas, ©2011, Ann Hart Marquis


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