Jim Dowdalls is an artist and illustrator living and teaching in California. He is an accomplished medical illustrator, working with healthcare-industry clients for more than 25 years. Author and artist of the new Academy of Art: Fundamentals of Drawing, Dowdall's step by step teaching style is a fit for everyone from beginners to advanced artists.
Sometimes, as artists, we get stuck. "Artist's block," we call it. It can last for just a moment or keep us stumped on a piece for days. In The Art of Zentangle our artist offers this tip for blasting that block.
As I scanned through my photo library, one snapshot seemed to fit the description "Head in the Clouds" far and above the others. It's actually harder not to have your head in the clouds on an island vacation.
This Big Island sunset in Hawaii offers a little bit of paradise inspiration, perfect for a painting. Take note of the difference in perspective of the palm trees on the near and far sides of the pool. Do you see the way the light and shadows reflect on the pool surface? The clouds add depth to the sky and bring out a stunning range of colors along the horizon.
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