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To Live and Die with Art

I’m a painter. The palette knife is my favourite tool but I do dabble with the brush. I’m not the worst or even in the middle among the millions of artists around the world.

Let’s face it. No matter how good we think we are, there is always someone better at expressing themselves in our chosen area of expression. So the only person you can and should compare yourself to is, yourself. 

It’s not for me to tell you how you should paint, or which style is best. In the following blog spots, I will always swear at you by saying the only thing you SHOULD do is…..PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

You still here after seeing those words? ALL methods, ideas, techniques and styles always come down to practice. There’s no magic method. No door, once entered, to greatness. If you don’t spend the time to perfect your art, you will never get anywhere close to satisfaction.

Artists don’t have to be driven. They have to be disciplined. Ouch. That applies to me as well. Because of my family commitments, I have only two mornings a week in which to practice my art at a nearby art clubhouse studio. So I try to make the most of it.

There are times I sit and chat with one or more of the painters who show up as well. Painting is often a solitary exercise, but rubbing elbows with other artists can invigorate you and inspire you. You can learn a lot by watching or chatting with each other. The only real requirement is to want to continue to grow as an artist. But even on those days, I will force myself to sit for a few minutes and journal in my scrapbook.

It’s always great fun to poke around on YouTube, Pintrest,  Google or social platforms for ideas, but it still comes down to breaking out the tools and doing something. I’ve heard it said that it takes 500 paintings to begin to create your own style and be ready to begin to be called a painter. 

I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to unload a handful of paintings but on the whole, I’m still practicing my technique. The less you practice, the longer it takes to become confident in what you do.

So really my only foundational advice for beginning artists and hobbists, is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. 

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