I’ve been working on portraits again recently, after focusing mainly on landscapes for a year or two (I find landscapes to be much less challenging when you’re still getting to grips with how to paint in oils), and what I’ve found is that by far the most important and most difficult aspect of a portrait is the drawing. Continue reading
So after painting almost daily for several weeks, it has now been around 2 months since I picked up a paintbrush!
I’ve come to the conclusion that this is just the way I operate. I get engrossed in something for a few weeks or months, then I lose focus and take a break for a few weeks.
It’s not just painting, it happens the same with other things – playing the guitar, reading, blogging. I’ll get into it for a while and then lose interest for a while.
I don’t think it’s a problem. Perhaps it would be if I was relying on any of these things to earn a living. Maybe that’s why I’m not!
Anyway, I can feel the urge to paint resurfacing, so it seems I may be approaching the start of a new painting cycle! Stay tuned.
I was recently watching one of Mark Carder’s excellent Q&A videos on YouTube, in which he discusses the phenomenon known as ‘the artist’s curse.’ Continue reading
As a “self-taught” artist, the most effective way to learn is by doing – practice, practice and more practice.
But it’s also important to learn from others with more experience whenever you get the chance.
Back in 2011, I wrote a blog post on another blog of mine, entitled 16 Things You Can Do Today to Get Your Artwork Noticed.
This quickly became the most popular post on the site, with around 80 comments, and hundreds of tweets and likes.
People really liked having practical tips they could put into action immediately, and it seemed some of them were ideas they had never considered before.
Things have changed somewhat in the last few years, so I thought it was about time for a follow-up post, so without further ado, here are another 10 things you can do today to get your artwork noticed: Continue reading