We are always striving to become better artists. Keep in mind, we are the real work in progress, Condensing this big subject into a top 10 list was no easy task! In a nutshell, I am sharing ways to improve your art that have taken me a lifetime to compile, learn and execute…and I am still learning and growing.
1. Create an Inspirational Work Environment
This may seem obvious, but we are a product of our environment. Therefore, if your environment is dark, cluttered, dusty, cramped or messy, how can you create and improve your art? You cannot perform and create at your best when you are uncomfortable and ill at-ease.
Clean, organize and unclutter your creative environment at the end of each workday so you are ready to focus on your art. Wash your paintbrushes; organize loose papers, books and other materials. This goes a long way toward improving your creativity, efficiency and art.
Use good lighting. The type of lighting and its intensity, color and direction all affect an artist’s visual performance. What you want is a lamp that gives “natural light” and imitates natural north light.
2. Have a Concept in Mind Before You Begin
All expressions of art begin with a concept. A concept is an idea formed in the mind, which will help the artist express how something will be accomplished. In order to improve your art, it is best to have a concept etched in your mind or in a sketchbook before you begin. An artist without a concept is like a traveler without a roadmap.
Artists have been painting with oil paints for hundreds of years and oil paints continue to be popular worldwide due to their versatility, quality, and color. While getting started with oil painting is fairly easy, there is a little bit more to it than acrylics since you are working with toxic solvents and mediums and the drying time is much longer. Individual artists who have been painting for awhile have their own favorite brands, brushes, palettes, and mediums, but here are some general tips that may be useful to you if you are just starting out with oil paints.
Tip #1: Start small. Painting small gives you the chance to try out techniques and experiment with color without investing too much time or material into the process
Tip #2: Set up a space in a well-ventilated area where you can keep your palettes and supplies out and at-the-ready and your paintings visible. This will give you the chance to see and think about your work, even if you’re not actually painting.
It will also make the process of painting easier so that you will be inclined to paint more often, even daily if possible. Your work will improve rapidly if you paint a lot. This is the practice of making art.