5 Steps to Paint What You Saw from Your Walking Routine

Van Gogh's Entrance to the Public Park in Arles

Imagine walking around your community and you pass by bewitching or lovely scenes such as the setting of the sun, the gathering of birds by the river, an old couple eating ice cream while sitting on a park bench, or perhaps children running around and enjoying themselves by the bridge. Then you realize these events are so charming to see, you’d want to preserve them in your mind exactly how you saw it! However, it’s almost impossible to have a photographic memory unless you’re a trained mnemonist and merely taking pictures is so 2010. So how can you preserve what you saw from your walking routine? Here are the steps:

  1. Antal Berke's Street Scene PaintingTake a picture. What’s great about walking is you don’t have to rush, aside from it helping you stay fit in a cheap way, walking is also a form of relaxation. This is why it’s possible to bring a camera while you walk—they won’t be distracting or hitting your body once in a while. Once you see a beautiful scene, take a good picture (consider the lighting and angle). It’s also ideal to take lots of pictures so you can have numerous images to choose from later on.
  2. Print the photo. This step is self-explanatory.
  3. Take a good look at the photo. Be familiar with the picture you’ve taken. Observe everything—from the lines and colors to the lights and texture of the main subject and the other elements in the photo.
  4. Prepare your painting materials and start painting. This is why the third step is essential. You have to study the photo in order to create if not a 100% duplicate at least a 90% replica of the photo. Remember, painting properly will help you preserve a beautiful scene, so you have to do it carefully. When you paint, Van Gogh's Entrance to the Public Park in Arlesbegin with the lines and shapes. No matter how complicated the photo looks like, there will still be basic shapes there. Next, copy the lighting. What parts of the photo are dark? Where are the light ones? Where should you paint the shadows and reflections? After the lighting, concentrate on the textures. What part of the photo is smoother than the other? Of course, you’re not supposed to forget the color. You might need to mix a few paints to get the right amount of color in the picture, so take your time.
  5. Let your painting dry! Once it’s dry, not only will you appreciate your painting but the act of walking as well. When you paint what you saw, you’ll become more observant with your surroundings while becoming healthier! It’s a win-win!

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