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Turn Your Art Upside Down

Upside down painting of Mona Lisa


Sometimes when I am mid way through working on a painting and something is not working I'll often find that I'm tilting my head to the side, trying to get a different angle or perspective. That why when I read this article from Fine Art Tips I knew it was worthy of sharing with you. Here are a few points about why you may want to turn your art upside down to try and get a better perspective:


1. It will force you to perceive the composition in a different way. You are naturally going to pick up on new things when you have to refocus and the more visual hints there for you the better. This
exercise will push you to update your out-of-date plan of action, even though this means that you are going to have to do a lot more thinking than you had originally intended. But that is always the case isn’t it?


2. You are most likely going to find a lot more mistakes that would of never occurred to you. Now in the long run, this is a pretty good thing because you know where the problems are, the bad news is that you will have a long list of things that need to be fixed. But at least you are formulating solutions to the problem


3. You get to approach the painting with brushstrokes from different angles. This can breath new life into a work that has been turning into a real chore for you. I am most comfortable with a brush stroke that goes from left to right so by turning it upside down I am able to take advantage of brush strokes that I might feel more confident with.


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Artist in residence Rebecca Chaperon

Rebecca Chaperon is our Artist-in-Residence

With a compulsion to create unique visual stories, her paintings often follow the thread of a heroine's misadventures through a surreal landscape.

She's had the pleasure of teaching at Langara College and given community workshops on painting techniques with an emphasis on watercolour, oil and acrylic. She is a board member at the Grunt gallery.

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