So Want To Paint Like a Professional Artist. Great!

Want To Paint Like a Professional Artist?

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So Want To Paint Like a Professional Artist.  Great!

You’ll need some loving support, because there’s something you can’t be expected to know at the start of this journey to professionalism.

Do treasure the memory of the day you commit to Art. It’s already true, you’ve only confirmed a fact you secretly knew.

No matter how long a career may be ahead for you, no matter how successful that career may be, days will come when you’ll feel self-doubt so strong it will tempt you to give up the struggle. Follow these 3 empowering habits of successful artists:

1. Don’t wait for Opportunity

The old adage says, ‘Opportunity only knocks once.’ You’ll make yourself ready to open the door by

getting a body of artwork done – drawings or paintings suitable for a portfolio to show gallery directors. You might keep some of your preparatory sketches, even notes on why you chose the medium and the subject matter you prefer. Keep updating your portfolio as your skills progress.

2. Don’t wait for Inspiration

Professional artists don’t wait around for inspiration to strike. Let me illustrate what that means …

A Composer walks along a busy city street. His ears are assailed by the screech of traffic, the blare of car horns, the buzz from shoppers and workers who crowd the sidewalk.

A Painter reads about the prodigal son who abandoned the family farm and his ageing parents, returning only after the inheritance was squandered. What the painter creates is an image of the Ideal of unfailing parental love and forgiveness.

A Poet sees an urn, a vase of stone, engraved with figures from ancient Greek mythology. What he writes is an Ode, a lyrical examination of how much can be represented by Art about the tragedy at the heart of humankind: the knowledge of our own mortality.

3. Work at least 2 hours every day

For perhaps a majority of people, ‘work’ is the proverbial four-letter word. Canadian author Margaret Atwood, on a recent visit to Australia, suggested we need a new word that combines work and play.

When I started out, most of what happened to further my career was a matter of trying this and that, failing at some points, stumbling upon the things that worked. I understand much of what you are facing now and I’m glad to have a chance to help ease your path.

No matter how long a career may be ahead for you, no matter how successful that career may be, days will come when you’ll feel self-doubt so strong it will tempt you to give up the struggle. Follow these 3 empowering habits of successful artists:

Professional artists don’t wait around for inspiration to strike. Canadian author Margaret Atwood, on a recent visit to Australia, suggested we need a new word that combines work and play. When I started out, most of what happened to further my career was a matter of trying this and that, failing at some points, stumbling upon the things that worked.

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