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What Tools Do I Need To Be An Artist?

One of the great things about art is it is so eclectic. The very young and the very old see the same object in different but similar ways. Those in between will also produce their own renditions.

Art places no age limits on its producers. Various artists from infants, to monkeys and elephants, have created it. If a person feels moved when they look at a paint set or a pack of colored pencils they are an artist. It does not matter if they never created a thing in their lives. All one needs is the desire.Want more? Click here{{/tag}

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How To Make Children Appreciate Art

Most children love a great arts and crafts project, yet most children do not understand art and it’s artists. I think that the process of introducing children to artists, concepts of creativity and ideas, and encouraging them to pursue their artistic talents is important. Children flaunt their imaginations through art, and for some, arts will be their calling. Whether through music or fine arts, these help develop creativity and expression in children. With schools trying to eliminate arts programs because of funding, the opportunity to learn and thrive in arts is dwindled. Now is Read mmore »

Art Supplies and “Art Supplies”

It’s tough starting out as an artist. Supplies are expensive, time is precious and you never quite know when inspiration will strike or if you’ll be left high-and-dry for a day or two. And now, because of, perhaps, some pretentious or incorrect, preconceived notions of the tools of the trade, the market has now been divided. Those on the internet with their wireless internet service providers and whatnot have done the shopping. There are art supplies and then there are “art supplies.” What’s the difference? There isn’t much of one. The former is cheaper while the latter has a couple popular name brands and price hikes.

Art supply companies understand the allure of purchasing something that’s “officially” an art supply and they do their best to overcharge you for something you can find slightly cheaper elsewhere. One of the most expensive items that is indispensable to the struggling artist is the art supply box. It’s a fishing tackle box. Seriously, that’s all it is. It has little drawers that extend when you open it and sectioned-off shelf spaces. However, art supply companies will charge you more than you would pay for a fishing tackle box because theirs is an “art supply box.”

Honestly, being an artist is hard enough without being ripped off. Do your research and find out what you’re really paying for. Explore alternatives and save money where possible. You’ll be glad you did.

Should I Take Art Classes Or Wing It?

Should I take art classes or wing it? The answer is simple; if you want expert results you’ll take art classes. If you want amateur results you’ll continue to pretend to know what you’re doing and produce substandard artwork year after year. Knowing which techniques to use and what materials yield the most effective results is what every artist passes on to his or her pupils. Be a student and learn from experienced artists, so one day you can do the same.

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Is Watercolor More Expressive Than Oil?

If you have decided to begin painting the next step is to explore the different types of paints. The three most popular types of paint are acrylic, oil, and watercolor. Each has many styles and attributes. This article compares two types of paints, oil and watercolor.

Oil paints come in tubes and use oil as a base to distribute the pigment on a canvas. With conventional oils paint a turpentine solution is needed to clean paint brushes. These paints are very rich and can be layered and applied thick for texture. The conventional oil paints can take days to Read mmore »

Do I Have To Pick A Medium?

Choosing a medium can become a daunting task. Think of what you want to accomplish in your art; do you want to paint something that is quick to dry or do you need more time to make changes and blend colors? Some paint mediums are difficult to mix on a pallet or even on canvas, such as watercolors and oils-for obvious reasons. Many different mediums blend nicely and provide a desirable effect when completed. However, if you just cannot choose the medium that will work best, consider mixed media art, where nearly any Read mmore »

Will Knowing Art History Help Me As A Painter?

There’s a common saying that goes “you have to know the rules before you can break them” and this is a motto all artist should try to follow. Having even a basic understanding of art history will help improve any painters craft. Studying art history allows you to see how other painters progressed in their craft, how they changed techniques or simply got better at what they were attempting over time. Studying art history will also give you a new context and way to think about the painting Read mmore »

How Do I Know If A Painting Is Good?

Art is an extraordinarily subjective and personal medium. One person’s opinion about what makes a good painting, sculpture, or installation piece may differ from another person’s opinion, and both of them may not see eye to eye with the studied and experienced art critic. This is part of what makes art a great field of study; it is a constant struggle to define what in fact makes a good piece of art. The rules and guidelines have changed over time, and new art movements have Read mmore »