The Pastel Journal

Composition Boot Camp

IT SOMETIMES TAKES CONVINCING THAT an entire workshop devoted to composition is worthwhile. Most students are more concerned about the end of the painting process—those sparkling finishing touches.

But when I teach my Composition Boot Camp workshop, I focus intensively on what I believe is the most difficult, yet most important, stage of the painting process: the beginning. I find that most students either rush through this composition stage or bypass it altogether. The result is that they fall prey to myriad bad habits that

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