What does a fox, an author and spooky stories have in common? Find out in this first Q&A article where I interview an emerging author about his inspiration for writing.
Every artist struggles with inspiration at times. Procrastination more often I would think. Even when inspired there are distractions, fears and chores that beckon. To my mind authors must have the worst of this. Writing is fearfully solitary and minimalist. At least a painter has tubes of paint, brushes and many colorful things to entice and lure one to the canvas. An author has a keyboard or typewriter (there are a few left). The most hardcore only have a few pencils and writing pads.
How about an author that is writing one short story a day for three hundred and sixty five days? That must take commitment and discipline. Let’s meet this young author and find out more.
This may well be the cure to artist’s procrastination. Waiting for inspiration is an excuse often used to disguise the pressure many artists feel when faced with a new project. We know that making a start is necessary, but taking the first step is risky. I am willing to bet that keeping a journal will make it easier to get started. Here is a fun method for making amazing journals.
Now a wider selection of courses are available to artists on my revamped painting school. Suitable for beginners to intermediate artists. Take a look at the new courses added this month.
Do you want to spend your life doing what you love? Of course, who does not want a life like this? Most sane people would love to spend their time doing work they enjoy. But it is safe to say that we associate enjoyable work with work that does not pay the bills. Why is this? Because most people hate their work, but are more afraid of not paying the bills. It is as desperate as that.
Now there are many ways to live and make money … and have fun doing it. What about being an artist? In this article you will learn about three essential qualities that, if followed, may change your life as an artist.
Loose painting. What is this all about? Is it abstract or is it careless painting? Kind of sloppy? Well none of these actually. Ask any artist painting in a loose style and they will have a different definition of their work. This is a good thing in my book. It means each artist develops their own style and there is room to express yourself as an individual. It is also a question I get most often from beginners. That is: “My paintings look so tight. How can I loosen up my painting“
If you are one of those artists trying to break the tight, overworked painting style then read on.
Plus enjoy a free thirty minute video demonstration of a painting completed using this approach.
One of the questions from my Artist’s and Collectors Circle recently was about painting shadows. It just so happened that I am preparing lessons on this topic for my Art Coaching class. This also touches on previous color mixing lessons I have covered on this blog. So why not prepare something showing the overlap between color mixing, color temperature and painting shadows?
Sounds good so here it is. There is also a video to show you these ideas in practice.
First let me encourage you to view The Price of Everything. A new documentary directed by Nathaniel Khan. There is no disputing that it is an excellent film. It has prompted me to spend some time thinking about the contents movie. It forced me to think deeply about the art world and my little place within it. Actually I was unsettled by it. But in the end I am comforted by it too.
But before I get to that here are my thoughts on the movie, art prices and more.
Have you ever tried to learn music? Perhaps play a musical instrument? Probably. I know I have and still do. I have strummed a guitar. Tickled a few ivories. Persisted with the harmonica. Just as a hobby you understand. I know I am not a musical genius. My musical talent lurks in the village idiot category. I have made peace with that and yet I do try and improve my playing.
What I quickly discovered is that playing an instrument has amazing similarities to painting. This is a little disturbing to me as a teacher. Within this truth is a horrible thought.
Plus a review of Daler Rowney’s Cryla Acrylics brushes
Acrylics are a popular painting medium. The benefits of quick drying time, cost effective paints and water based safety issues has made acrylics increasingly first choice for beginners. Plus more professionals are using acrylics for contemporary paintings. In this article I am going to show you how to paint a light filled beach scene (see video below). Plus I am using new brushes from Daler Rowney and Art Savings Club.
Let’s jump in!
How do Daler Rowney’s Georgian oil painting brushes hold up? You will find out in this edition of my Painting Brushes 101 series. I have two extensive videos below for you to see these brushes in action. So let us dive in and get to know the Georgian chungking bristle brushes a little better.