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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Prepare for the Painting With Preliminary Studies

Preliminary sketches and studies make the creative process flow smoothly for the final painting and encourage a looser and more confident painting. By digging deep into the subject matter and understanding it through and through, the final painting emerges as a synthesis of the creative process.

In the past, I was not a fan of studies. I was eager to get to the painting and be creative. I thought too much preliminary sketching could make a work fussy. I thought by working quickly and painting bigger brushstrokes, I could make a successful painting. However, the results often lacked depth and looked sketchy or unfinished.

When I toured a John Singer Sargent exhibit at the Corcoran in Washington, ...

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