Documenting your artwork is essential to professional development in this day and age. I recently visited a university and had a conversation with the students about whether the documentation is actually more important than the finished work itself. After all, the digital image, which lives online, in applications, in books, etc., will likely be viewed by more people than the original artwork. What a strange time we live in!
Imagine walking into someone's house, sitting down for tea, and flipping through a beautiful book filled with images of paintings. As you look at it you think to yourself "Wow, this artist is really great. I wonder who they are?" After all, they have their own book! Your host then proudly informs you that it is all their own work.
Self-publishing and private printing are advancements made possible by improved printing technologies and the ability to affordably print one book at a time, rather than the previous need for hundreds or thousands at a time. For the working artist, this is a huge opportunity. Continue reading
This is a common problem among makers - unsold art accumulating month after month, year after year until you have enough to sell for the rest of your life. The problem is... this is the art that isn't selling. You should be proud of those piles of art. They show passion, perseverance, and progression, but something needs to be done. Continue reading
What is newsworthy?
The first step to getting your work covered by a publication, local, national, or online, is understanding what is newsworthy. This is going to vary depending on the specific source you are looking at, but the formula may largely stay the same. What varies is the publications specialty. Local newspapers (obviously) cover local stories, humour blogs cover funny things, national papers cover high calibre stories, etc. When you are considering submitting your art for publication just ask yourself honestly if your work fits their goals - you will not fit into all publications. Continue reading
There is an epidemic of sensory stimulation in modern life. Ads, TV, social media, apps, cars - it is overwhelming! (#FirstWorldProblems). This makes many everyday tasks difficult - from maintaining a relationship, to deciding what blogs to read, to... making art. The problem is that the things that may be most important to us don't advertise in our face all day, their voice gets suppressed by the hundreds of other voices and they get overlooked. Taking time and energy to filter through the voices and discover what is most important is the key to consistently making art. Continue reading
The key to successfully using watercolours is patience. Think of painting with them as a meditation activity. They require time, layers, technique, and a special sensitivity that oil and acrylics don't call for. Watercolours could be compared to golf: infuriating to learn, but endlessly satisfying when you finally get it right. Below are 3 tips to help you succeed with watercolours. Continue reading
Street art duo Hyde & Seek are bringing intriguing art to Australia in the form of installation-based murals. The creatives are based in Adelaide, Australia and their work includes images made up of hundreds of components like plastic cups, folded metal, army men, and even toast. A more recent body of work imposes clever sayings onto public stop signs. Continue reading
The self-portrait is almost an expectation of painters. Why is this? To outsiders, they could be seen as a milestone in the artist's career, a moment where they have built up a skill set strong enough to represent the thing they know the best, their own identity. But, the self-portrait is more complex than this and has evolved throughout history up to modern day when it has been appropriated by popular culture as the "selfie." Continue reading
Acrylic paint is one of the easiest and most versatile art mediums that exists. It is affordable, straightforward, requires few additional tools to work with, and is simple to understand. Acrylic paint is liquid plastic, once it dries, it is plastic forever. It is the perfect medium for beginner painters and experienced artists alike. Below are 4 key tips to help you succeed painting with acrylics. Continue reading
Profound quotes by iconic individuals give artists motivation to push forward through the creative journey. It is inspiring to have art heroes rooting us on, knowing that they faced a similar path and prevailed as people who changed the world with their creations. Below, you will find inspirational quotes by Andy Warhol, Michaelangelo, Henri Matisse, Maya Angelou, and Salvador Dali. Continue reading