I have only been painting 3-1/2 years and still learning a lot .
I AM NOT FOLLOWING THE DMP METHOD OF PAINTING, at least not yet.
I did do one painting that sort of followed Mark's method and it turned out great, but it was blended too much. I'm totally fascinated by DMP method and have tried setting up a still life and painting it from life but have had a hard time even getting the drawing onto the canvas using the porportional divider and pointing it to the still life from the same distance away every time I make a mark. The lighting in my little studio throws ambient light into the lightbox no matter how I have set things up and still have enough light on my easel to see the painting. Even made myself a homemade colo checker.
There is also the issue of finding TIME TO PAINT. I have only completed three paintings so far this year and it is killing me that I don't have more to show for the five months that have flown by this year. Lots for me to do in life, taking care of my disabled husband, a little hobby farm, cook, clean, laundry, and on and on, ad nauseum. I have learned one way of painting and really REALLY wish I could get into the DMP method and use larger brushes and still turn out beautiful work. I don't have a quiet place to paint either, so adjusting myself mentall takes great effort most days that I do paint. And there are the inevitable interruptions.
1. Are there other members of this forum who used to paint one way and have switched over to the DMP method?
2. How did you break old habits? How did you unlearn something?
3. Did you attend one of Mark's classes in person or purchase his lessons (I I am aware that here is enough on the website to give all instruction anyone could ever need or want)?
4. Do you always use a proportional divider (difficult pointing it from the exact same distance to the still life every single time for me)?
5. Do you have to use traditoinal oil paints when employing the DMP method or will alkyd oils do okay?
I guess I'm just frustrated right now. I feel like the clock is ticking more loudly lately.