Negative painting requires us to override the way our visual system is designed to work. Our eyes and the visual part of our brains are designed to identify “things” so we can navigate the world and work with tools and objects around us. Negative painting requires us to find shapes that are “not things”. Our brains resist! (Good thing, too, because when we leave the studio, we still want to be able to eat dinner!)
In this video, I’ll demonstrate a few strategies you can use to help yourself make the shift to using negative painting in your paintings.
Photos used in this demo, and some others that might be good for practicing negative painting: