However, a ton of artists out there lack North light in their studios. As a result, the majority of art today is often created either in part, or wholly under artificial lighting. If you want to be considered as more than a hobbyist, you must rise above your tools and techniques--and become a master of the medium itself. Keith Bond shares the importance of letting your natural style emerge in your art. This holds true with your art. You can focus on the techniques to the point that you can mimic any style. But when you focus instead on content or expression you will revert to your own personal style.
And your natural style is more likely to emerge when you are in the zone So, in short, don't worry about forcing a style. It will come naturally as long as you don't hinder it by failing to learn and grow as an artist. Luann Udell discusses when to push yourself a bit and when to take a break in your art.
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How can you get out of your comfort zone? It may be as simple as a visit to a gallery or an art exhibition or a museum you've not visited before, or learning a language, or finding a book outside what you'd normally read. While most seek comfort and security, it's the discomfort that fosters growth and an invigorating life.
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Luann Udell discusses the importance of flexing your creative muscle. Not all of us will be world-class artists, or hugely successful artists, or even very good artists.
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But if you love it, and it's important to you, you must find a way to keep doing it It's as important to your creative nature as moving is to our physical bodies. Mummert's discusses analogous and complementary colors. Mummert 16 Comments. Here's my take on why this looks so fabulous Analogous colors are quite gorgeous in their own right. That's one reason why a rainbow seems so glorious.
Each color is directly related to, and harmonious with, the one directly beside it. Keith Bond shares the importance of painting only what communicates with you. Regardless of your style, tight or loose, bold or delicate, put in only what communicates what you want and leave all else out. This will allow the viewer to fill in the missing information in a way that is unique and personal.
Weiss 11 Comments. Clint Watson discusses how to avoid missed opportunities. And often, on days where I strictly adhere to my task, dutifully advancing in baby steps toward my goals I tend to miss opportunities in the pursuit of checking off every item. Eric Rhoads shares how stepping out of your comfort zone can impact your goals. A goal without a plan to execute is a goal that is unlikely to be realized.
Understanding where you are and where you want to be helps you find the gap between those two points. What are the obstacles within that gap? We all need specific clarity about the problem to be solved, the specifics of the opportunity or obstacle, and the steps required to execute our strategy. Keith Bond shares the importance of replenishing your creativity. You must refill the well if you wish to access it again Much of the refilling occurs naturally for artistic and creative types. Luann Udell discusses how we must nourish our artistic nature regularly.
Clint Watson shares the benefits of giving yourself enough quiet time to play and experiment The danger with goals is it becomes very easy to become focused on the goal, to the exclusion of better options. Luann Udell discusses how getting to the studio--is half the battle. Jason Horejs shares how to take control of your time to free you up for more creative time,.
You might not think of it this way, but as an artist you are the owner of a small business, just as I am Some of you teach art workshops or classes. Some of you don't.
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And some of you are considering it. Luann Udell discusses the benefits of doing art from the heart. Mummert's discusses 2 important types of edges. Mummert 11 Comments.
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In the world of edges, Halation and Pointing are loosely related, which is why I present them here together. They're related in that they both use soft, lost or blurred edges to help achieve their effect. Keith Bond discusses the importance of practice, study, and discipline. Neither musicians nor athletes perform without a lot of practice. In most cases more time is spent practicing than performing. Yet, many visual artists think that once they reach the professional level, they no longer need practice. Luann Udell shares tips on how tiny actions can lead to big accomplishments. Keith Bond discusses the importance of how to strive for style naturally.
According to him, it is critical to develop a personal style, but it is equally critical that it isn't forced.
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Experimentation and exploration of a variety of styles, media, motifs, etc. In the process, a personal style will eventually emerge. Let it emerge, don't resist it. Don't miss Luann Udell's inspiring words. Luann Udell shares ideas for finding your tribe. Clint Watson shares how professionals deal with criticism and complaints. Mummert's the continuation of "Life on the Edge".
Mummert 9 Comments. Correspondingly our last article took the virtually limitless array of Edges and compressed them down into just three categories? This time, we'll try and provide several suggestions of just how we might apply those three basic variations Lori Woodward shares the importance of keeping the faith throughout your art career. When you're flying high, keep in mind that things can change, and when you're feeling low, keep the faith. Eric Rhoads shares the importance of working toward being the best of the best What have you always wanted to learn? What are you doing where you can see yourself working toward being the best of the best?
Weiss 50 Comments. Luann Udell shares the last question in the series "The Four Questions". Lori Woodward demonstrates the difference light vs shadows can make when painting tree foliage. Without light, we just can't see much - no shape, no color.
There is less light in the shadow, so we see fewer detail and color in those shadows.
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