I’d say my number one tip for budding artists would be to dedicate time each day to the creative process. We’re all stretched pretty thin making a living and can’t always find time to paint or even sketch daily. On those days, make time to read an inspiring article, watch an interview with someone in the creative arts, do some Google image searches or try visiting a virtual gallery. These don’t have to be in your direct field of work. Have faith in the process. It may take some time but what goes in one day comes out another.
Don’t be too self-critical. Even the masters don’t create masterpieces every single time! Explore a lot of different mediums in order to find your niche.
I decided to pass the buck on this question and ask my 6 and 8 year old children. My son said to practice drawing everything and look at things very carefully. My daughter said whether you draw, paint, or sculpt, you should start with something you’re really interested in (in her case, Garfield and Pokemon) and explore it because you make better art when you care about what you’re making. A few minutes later, she also chimed in with, “Oh, and be creative!”
I think there’s a lot of precocious wisdom in their answers: practice, observation, passion, curiosity, a connection to your subject. All children are born artists. (And scientists, too, for that matter.) The secret is to hold onto this wisdom as you grow up.
1. Ready to Rock – Marcia Baldwin’s latest painting reminds me how important music is to my own art. Do you rock out while you paint? Check her blog for purchase details.
2. Cleaning my Studio and Hanging it in Record Time – And it was all caught on camera. Check out this great video from Claudia Roulier!
3. 11 Tips for Creating, Promoting, and Holding a Twitter Chat About your Art – If you’re an artist and you’re on Twitter this is the article for you. Need I say more?
4. EBSQ Winter Sale – Membership to EBSQ is still on sale. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to show your, participate in online exhibits and connect with other artists.
5. I’m always on the look-out for newsworthy blog posts. If you have one let me know: amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com
1. Purple Mountain Majesty – Artist Cynthia Agathocleous might just be one of my favorite abstract artists at EBSQ. Her current style, geometric, is mesmerizing!
2. Mission: Small Business & EBSQ- Help EBSQ qualify for a $250,000 grant from Chase and LivingSocial! This grant to support Small Businesses would go a long way.
3. When Drawings go Ugly – Ever have one of those days where your pencil and brain are not connecting? EBSQ artist, Michele B. Naquaiya has some great tips.
4. Shutterbug – Photographer and EBSQ member, Michael Glover was featured in the magazine Shutterbug! Congratulations!
5. How to Get your Art on Greeting Cards – I’m not talking about one of those sites where you sell your own greeting card. This article at Empty Easel is about submitting your designs to greeting card publishers. Excellent resource!
Have a wonderful weekend!
1. Pumpkins and Shadows – I love this new painting from Torrie Smiley. Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween, you know!
2. Figure Studies – Mark Satchwill shares a great resource for artists who focus on figurative art and those who want to learn or improve their skills.
3. You’re invited – Michele Lynch has a group show coming up. Check out her blog for the flyer!
4. The Art of Emilio Sanchez – Maria Soto Robbins has an interesting post on Cuban artist, Emilio Sanchez.
5. November Mandala – I can’t believe it’s November already! Check out this month’s mandala from a Maureen Frank.
Have a wonderful weekend!
1. Tomato Tomato – Sandra Willard’s latest scratchboard still life captures the magic of summer tomatoes perfectly. YUM!
2. Cleaning Brushes – Kimberly Vanlandingham shares a new way she learned to clean paint from her brushes.
3. Tour the Studio – Sara Burrier takes us on a virtual tour of her studio!
4. Square Review – Jennifer Lommers shares her first experiences using Square with her iPad.
5. Perspectives 2011 – I recently attended OCAF’s annual pottery event. Check out my favorites from this year’s juried exhibition.
Have a great weekend!
1. Winery – Ever wondered how artist Caroline Baker creates just rich backgrounds in her paintings? Click and be amazed.
2. Don’t Leave the House – Delilah Smith has some simple advice for artists stuck on what to paint next.
3. A Little Giveaway – Check out Patti Ballard’s blog for a wonderful art giveaway!
4. Close Connections – This juried multi-media exhibition in Forsyth, GA opened yesterday. It features EBSQ’s very own Pat Burns! Show is on through October, check this blog post for full details.
5. Where do you blog? – Please take a minute to participate in our poll! Open to all artists, not just EBSQ members.
Have a wonderful weekend and a safe one if you’re traveling for Labor Day.