How to be a Better Artist #3

Just start. Don’t wait for the perfect day when you have the house to yourself. Don’t wait until you have entire afternoon to devote to your art. Don’t wait until you have a better brand of paint or that one particular color. Don’t even wait until you are inspired. Just sit down and start. Use what you have. Paint over an old canvas, mix your own colors or do without. Paint your dog or your cat or your half empty coffee cup and the plant that’s sitting in the half light on the window sill. Today more than ever it’s important to use what we have and the time we have. Just start and see where it leads…

How to be a Better Artist #2

How to be a Better Artist

How to be a Better Artist #2

Once you know the medium you want to use you need to know how to use it. We all like to say ‘there are no rules in art’, but there are a LOT of rules in art and you will have an easier time of learning if you know how to get the best from your products.

For example you will have less control of watercolors if you do not stretch the paper before painting and oil paintings may crack or never dry if you don’t follow the ‘fat over lean’ rule and a beautiful graphite drawing may yellow if the paper is not acid free.

Before you sit down to create do an internet search or get a book on your chosen subject and learn a few rules and techniques. It won’t take away all the frustrations but will help the learning curve to flow easier.