Are you as fed up as me of hearing that if you want to get on as an artist, you should steer clear of politics?
The perceived wisdom is that art and politics don’t mix. After all, you don’t want to alienate potential clients...
But are art and politics necessarily a bad thing to put together?
What do you hope to gain when you study the work of a great artist?
While all these are invaluable lessons, following another artist’s footsteps can mean a lot more than this.
Are you spending more time looking at other people’s art than making your own?
In this digtially connected world, we have unlimited art-viewing possibilities at the tips of our fingertips. But is spending so much time on Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr and YouTube really doing us any good creatively? Is it helping us grow as artists?
When we get stuck with our creative work, instead of looking inside ourselves for the solutions to our creative dilemmas, it’s tempting to go online and look for the answers there.
Instead of finding answers, however, more often than not we emerge three hours later with a head full of other people’s ideas and a sense of overwhelm. How can our work possibly live up to all that wonderful art out there? Why even bother?
If you recognise any of these symptoms, it’s time to get much more intentional about your art consumption.
Using a thoroughly modern medium like acrylic paint, doesn't mean you can't get the classic look of chiaroscuro.
I share my workflow for a chiaroscuro palette for flesh tones in acrylic paint.
Urban myth would have us believe that to succeed as 'artists' we must focus with laser-like intensity on one medium.