iphone 2013 099Compose your picture before you paint it. Imagine the final painting in your head. Base this on your studies and viewings of really good art. A person cannot do this without the hard work of studying good art and asking “WHY is that painting so good?” “WHAT is it that makes it so striking?” “Is it the COLOR, EDGES, VALUES, LINES?” A person cannot compose a beautiful masterpiece themselves without basing it on what they already know makes a beautiful masterpiece, anymore than Helen Keller could write a book before she learned how to use language.