Making Art Progress, not Art Products

A fundamental distinction all developing artists need to know

The title is a slight paraphrase of Tim Packer’s words, during one of his mentor-ship YouTube videos with Brooke Cormier. At first, it might not make much sense, however after letting it sink in for a while you will realise it is actually fundamental for any beginner or developing artist’s learning process. Tim talked about a clear distinction between an artist’s work phases and this is exactly what we will look in slightly deeper detail in this article. To enrich the text with some visual content, I will be sharing corresponding pieces of my own work below.

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Why going to the gallery makes you a better artist

A small thing that makes a big difference

Sometimes we are keen to expand our skillset with new painting techniques, to develop our style as artists and deepen our understanding on different movements of art. However, we tend to forget one very important thing, which is fundamental to our development as artists. If you are guessing that the answer is “going to the gallery”, you are only half way there. What helps you become a better artist, is not the gallery itself but everything it represents and embraces.

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Feeling pressure for making art? Just get f*cking over it!

Don’t let the pressure ruin it for you.

Like so many fellow artists, I used to take myself very seriously. I lacked self-confidence and considered my creations as something holy and untouchable. I even made up a rule that kept me from retouching a piece of work once I had signed it. For someone who is completely oblivious about the creative process, that might sound ridiculous, but in the artist’s mind, it totally makes sense. In mine, it did.

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Useful advice and checklist for improving your art in 2019

Stay on track with your sketching and painting in the New Year

A nice sunny Saturday morning in December, our friend Erik is sitting relaxed in his kitchen, enjoying a hot cup of tea, thinking his artistic ambitions. He has big plans and dreams for his art in the near future. Before he realises, the New Year is here, and six months down the line all the big dreams…are still dreams. Avoid being like Erik! In this article we will see how to plan ahead and remain artistically efficient in 2019.

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