Accurate Perspective is Crucial If the perspective is wrong, the painting won’t look right not matter how beautifully it is. Get the perspective accurate before getting into the fine detail. Check the perspective regularly as you’re painting to ensure it remains accurate.
Shadows Aren’t Black
Shadows aren’t solid black. Shadows aren’t shapes of darker color painted right at the end after you’ve done everything else. Shadows aren’t the identical color or tone in all areas of the composition. Shadows are integral parts of the composition and should be painted at the same time as everything else. Spend as much time observing the subtle shifts in color in shadow areas as you do in the non-shadow parts.
• How to Paint Shadows
Eyesight Realism Not Camera Realism Don’t take a single photo and turn it into a painting. Not because it’s “cheating” but because your eye doesn’t see the same as a camera. Your eye sees more detailed color, your eye doesn’t frame the scene in standard proportions, your eye doesn’t have a depth of field that’s dependent on a setting. A realistic landscape will be “in focus” all the way to the horizon, not blur out of focus as a photo with a narrow depth of field will.
Color is Relative Color isn’t a set thing. It’s relative to what’s next to it, what kind of light is shining on it, whether the surface if reflective or matte. Depending on the light and time of day “green” grass can be quite yellow or blue; it’s never a simple match to a single tube of green paint.
A subject painted with great technical skill isn’t enough to make a good painting. The choice of subject needs to speak to the viewer, to grab their attention and compel them to keep looking. Spend time considering the composition of your painting, what you’re going to include and how you’re going to arrange it. Work it out before you start painting and you’ll save yourself anguish in the long run.
Painting realism isn’t about copying the world as it is. It’s about selecting and composing a slice of reality. Canaletto’s paintings of Venice, for instance, may look real but in fact various buildings are painted from different points of view to make a stronger composition
*There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch, it’s bringing me out the dark
Finally I can see you crystal clear
Go ‘head and sell me out and I’ll lay your shit bare*
To me, this means that she was in a “dark” place, filled with sadness. But, now that time is passing, she is becoming more and more angry and replacing the darkness (sadness) is a fire (anger). With the sadness gone she can see him for who he really is (crystal clear). By “sell me out” I think she means that she feels like he basically betrayed her trust by hurting her and now she is ready to be honest about who he really is (lay your shit/ship bare).
*See how I leave with every piece of you
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do*
She is leaving but, not letting him get the best of her and in her mind she knows that in the future he will regret this and realize that when she left he lost more then he thought he would.
*The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love they leave me breathless
I can’t help feeling*
She is still carrying the memories (scars) of their love with her and they leave her feeling a sense of defeat because she knows that they could have been great.
*We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you, never met me)
Rolling in the deep
(tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hands
And you played it
To the beat*
This means, to me, that, she knows that they could have had it all and that when he realizes it, as well, he is going to wish he never met her and end up, ultimately, drowning in his own tears of sorrow and pain(rolling in the deep). He had her heart, knew it (you had my heart inside of your hands), and didn’t care. “Played it to the beat” is a beautiful way of saying that he played her. Like, he was holding her heart in his hands, felt the beat but, just treated it like background music in his little game.
*Baby I have no story to be told,
But I’ve heard one of you and I’m gonna make your head burn.
Think of me in the depths of your despair.
Making a home down there, as mine sure won’t be shared.*
She has nothing to hide or be ashamed of because she did nothing wrong (no story to be told). He, however has a lot to be ashamed of ( heard one of you) and she is going to make sure he remembers that HE was the one that caused the heartbreak and did the wrong in the relationship (make your head burn). Once he realizes this and starts feeling the pain, she wants him to hurt more by remembering her (think of me in the depths of your despair). She also doesn’t want him to feel better (make a home down there (“down there” being the depths of his despair)) and when he comes back to her, she wont take him back (as mine wont be shared).
*Throw yourself through every open door (Whoa)
Count your blessings to find what look for (Whoa-uh)
Turn my sorrow into treasured gold (Whoa)
And pay me back in kind- You reap just what you sow.*
Now that they are over, he is most likely going to turn into a “man whore” and sleep with any girl who will sleep with him (throw yourself through every open door) but, that is not what will make him happy. What she gave him is what would have, in the end, made him happy and he should count his blessings if he ever finds it again. (count your blessings to find what look for). The pain that he will ultimately feel over losing her will be her pay back in the end and will make up for all the sorrow and anger she is currently feeling. (turn my sorrow into treasured gold and pay me back in kind-you reap just what you sow).
Such a beautiful song, filled with anger and sadness. A true masterpiece!
happy mothers day
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