How Artists See

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How artists see: Painters may view scenes in a way that’s similar to how the world really is: A mishmash of colors, lines and shapes. By Sadie F. Dingfelder. February 2010, Vol 41, No. 2 American Psychological Centre

Painters may view scenes in a way that’s similar to how the world really is: A mishmash of colors, lines and shapes.

Can you sketch a landscape, or even a convincing piece of fruit? If not, chances are that your brain is getting in the way, says painting teacher and landscape artist David Dunlop.

“People don’t see like a camera,” he says. “We go through life anticipating what we are going to see and miss things — which is why so many wedding invitations go out with the wrong date.”

In his art classes, one of the first things Dunlop tells students is to stop identifying objects and instead see scenes as collections of…

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