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3 empowering habits of successful artists

 

Across the modern world, millions of people enjoy making art in their leisure time. Most don't need, or want, any advice from someone like me. If you're the exception – the one who has the heart o…

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7 Sure and Steady Ways to Change from 'Sunday Painter' into Professional Artist

Aussie artist Gauvin

 

More people than ever before in the history of the world have the leisure to dabble in painting. Some of them hold a secret dream to become a professional artist. One fine day. If this is your d…

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Painting by Daylight – Is It the Best Way for Modern Artists?

 

Painting by Daylight – Is It the Best Way for Modern Artists?

Before electricity was harnessed to human purposes, artists had only two options: daylight or firelight. The most ancient art on Eart…

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Choose the Worst Studio Lighting for the Future of Your Paintings

Choose the Worst Studio Lighting for the Future of Your Paintings
   

When that longed-for day of your first professional exhibition arrives, guess where your art will be shown? Yes, that's right:…

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Some Hazards of Weather When Painting Outdoors

Some Hazards of Weather When Painting Outdoors


Other arguments against painting outdoors involve the hazards of unpredictable weather.

1.Rain. Just a light shower may ruin a watercolour but oil pain…

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How an Artist sees

Edgar Degas wrote: 'Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.'

Here, for artists, is a statement of the 'bleeding obvious.' Since it comes from one whose work commands our respect, we nee…

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Drawing onto Canvas

mona lisa, Leonardo,ArtLife,GauvinWhen the drawing for your painting is completed, when you are certain everything is just as you want it, stop. Allow yourself a breathing space of a day or two before you look at the drawing again. Wh…

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What's Wrong with Your Picture?

mona lisa,Leonardo,ArtLife,Gauvin  Nothing is more frustrating then to stare at the piece you've spent days or weeks working on, only to realise it's just not right. It happens to all of us in the early stages of becoming a professi…

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You can Gain Creative Freedom by setting yourself Limits.

Creative freedom comes with setting yourself some limits. Does that sound contradictory to you? Well, let me explain what I mean. Because my experience of this powerful 'secret' has proven successful,…

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How can I come up with my own Style in Art?

One really good way to work out what you want to paint is to think about what you don't like, both in subject matter and in style.

If it were possible for you to read every book written about, say, R…

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'I never had any proper art training.'

You needn't let that worry you. Many famous names in the history of Art had little or no formal training. Neither had I, at the time I committed to a life as an artist. Here are the three facts you ne…

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'My family doesn't take me seriously as an artist.'

'My family doesn't take me seriously as an artist.'

Can you truly blame them? After all, for most of your life up until now, you've been a wage slave or brain surgeon or housewife or rock star - inse…

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'I could never fit Art in with my day job.'

The third most common reason for not becoming the artist you always wanted to be: 'I could never fit Art in with my day job.'

You've seen elephants 'painting' with their trunks and chimpanzees making '…

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Somewhere to Paint

Number Two on the list of 5 main reasons people give for not following their dream to be a professional artist:

'I have nowhere to paint.'


Sure, it's frustrating if you have to clear away your paintin…

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How to Make Time for Your Art

If the Greeks have a word for everything, the French will have a phrase for it. Here's one I know to be true:

 'The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same.'

After 35 years as a professional a…

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