Tag Archives: Paint

How to Get Better at What You Do

This seems so incredibly elemental that it’s almost not worth writing about, yet surprisingly, so many people make some really fundamental mistakes, missing crucial steps. Without any further ado, here’s how you get better at doing whatever it is you … Continue reading

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Appreciation

Appreciation is the currency that rewards most artists.  It can be expressed in many ways, one of which is the money necessary to sustain the life of the artist, but it also has to be said that most artists are, … Continue reading

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They’ll Miss Us When We’re Gone

I read this today and it resonated with me: http://mic.com/articles/108570/how-the-rise-of-the-creative-class-is-actually-screwing-creative-americans The article argues that the creative classes are crashing (or have already crashed) and it attempts to point the finger of blame, to explain why.  I think the analysis is … Continue reading

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Bigger Brushes, Bigger Canvases

Here’s something you can try, if you ever get stuck in a painting rut, assuming you have the space and can afford to do it.  It can free up your brush strokes, allowing them to be made more flamboyantly, force … Continue reading

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Downsizing an Artist

What often happens, when people’s life circumstances change, is that they consider downsizing.  On paper, this looks like a very sensible thing to do.  Outgoing expenses reduce, your utility bills decrease and you get rid of a lot of the … Continue reading

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Colour Composition

I’ve written about how to organise the colours in your painting, before.  My previous articles touched on how to choose a set of colours, for your creation and how to organise your palette, before you begin to paint.  The links, … Continue reading

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The Undercover Artist

This is a piece of incredibly obvious advice, yet most artists (myself included), I would bet, do this one very dumb thing.  It’s so dumb, that you will wonder why you do it, but I bet you do it, or … Continue reading

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Transparency in the Business of Art

There is an insidious double standard that operates, whenever an artist makes a business out of their art.  Everybody and his dog feels an entitlement to criticise the fact that the artist is trying to survive in a world that … Continue reading

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The Disappearance of Bohemia

It used to be that most large, cosmopolitan cities had lower rent areas, where the buildings were quite run down, dotted with little eateries, where you could buy barely acceptable food and sip strong coffee, in tiny cafes, quite cheaply … Continue reading

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Texture

For me, one of the most exciting aspects of works by Monet or Van Gogh is the texture of their paintings.  You can see the brush strokes, the palette knife marks and the velocity of every painterly gesture, etched permanently … Continue reading

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