Eat Veggies Before Painting!

“Eat veggies” has become the buzz phrase for everything that is good for you. Now, how am I going to connect this to painting you ask? Well, as veggies are the prerequisite for good health, knowing how to draw is the prerequisite for realistic painting.

When you can create the illusion of three dimensional space with pencils on paper, you are ready to do the same with paints on canvas.

After many years of drawing realism, I decided to try painting. The transition from drawing was surprisingly easy. This painting (one of my early works) was part of a juried exhibition in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia a couple of decades ago.

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About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of Drawspace.com, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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