Preparing for Your Finest Works

by Kathleen Huebener in Painting Tips
The old Benjamin Franklin adage “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” pertains also to creating artwork. As an artist, I have found that there is great value in preparation.
Before anything else, preparation begins with drawing. For many famous artists, such as Peter Paul Rubens, drawing was mandatory for creating masterpieces.    


Drawing is a creative adventure! Through drawing, one’s imaginations spring up on paper! It is a time of experimentation with changes in composition, values, and contrasts. Through each drawing, growth occurs, as the artist’s ideas literally evolve. Drawing gives the artist freedom to create.


Rubens’ masterpieces, first-class paintings on a grand scale, began with drawings. Simple drawings I might add. And the rest is history.


Drawing: the beginning of the road to fine art.