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Don’t Make It Good

Don't Make It Good

I wasn’t always a painter. Sure, I’d dabbled before, but it was never something that had any sort of hold over me. In fact, I found it boring. Then one day, out of the blue, I had this terrible, burning, incredible need to paint. To really paint.

So, I did the only natural thing to do. I found this awesome painter I was acquainted with, who had a long and successful career as an artist, walked straight up to him and said,
“I want to paint.”

He didn’t blink. In fact, he told me exactly what to do.

The most important thing, he said, was not to spend too much money on materials. Specifically, he told me to start out with house paint, preferably the “oops” paint (the cans that had been messed up at the hardware store), because it was cheaper. At first I thought this was in case I decided I didn’t like painting. A good point, to be sure, but in actuality he didn’t want me to feel guilty using up anything I’d bought. Which I would have.

Then he told me what continues to be the best advice I have ever received about art, ever:

“Don’t make it good.” Continue reading

Hand painting Christmas balls or is it really about sex?

Each year, well almost every year I sit down and paint Christmas balls for gift giving as I finally did finish setting up that area in the living room to paint at earlier this week. I needed an area that could remain creatively messy. Thus far I’ve painted four Christmas balls and sadly have run out of Varathane to top coat them with. I’ll need to make a run to the hardware store this weekend. Yes, I use hardwood floor varnish on any piece that I paint with acrylic.

I think painting is like riding a bike. You really don’t forget how to do it but it does take about four balls to get back into the groove of making those itsy bitsy paint strokes. I use Kroma Artist Quality Acrylic made on Granville Island in Vancouver and you can only buy it there to. It’s a wonderful milky acrylic and heavily pigmented for a brilliant colour and a smooth finish.

These are some finished balls I’ve painted from years gone by that I’ve kept for myself. I think I’ve painted close to 150 different balls that family and friends now have and decorate their trees with.

And this just made me laugh to much not to post this here on the blog!

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Artist Tip #11 – Why you should never put your art supplies away

Why you should never put your art supplies away

If you put them away they will not be there when you need them. What good are art supplies when they are shoved in drawers or packed in boxes in a room you’ll never go into to create in?

Leave them out, open and in an area where they are easy to access. If you don’t you will not create. You’ll become like everyone else who lost their inspiration a long time ago when they were told to clean up their mess.

And art supplies are not mess.

If someone in your household considers them to be a mess pack away their television, or library of books, game console and beauty products. A bit of reverse psychology never hurt anyone. In the place of the TV, place an easel. Replace the library with sketchbooks and journals. Where the game console was, line up your paintbrushes and paints. In lieu of the beauty products dump.out.the.contents.of.your.pencil.case.

Next Week’s Tip – How to dry paint faster

Last Weeks Tip

Artists Tip #2 – What to do when your pencil lead breaks

Artists Tip #2 – What to do when your pencil lead breaks

When your pencil lead breaks because you pressed too hard and you do not have a pencil sharpener or pocket knife handy, simply light the end of your pencil on fire using a match or lighter, let it burn for 10 seconds and blow it out. You now have charcoal which is an excellent substitute for lead. Repeat as needed.

Next Weeks Tip – How to hide that unsightly pen line

Last Week’s Tip

Artists Tip #1 – What to do when you have no water

Artists TIP #1 – What to do when you have no water

If there is no water nearby and you NEED to paint, place paintbrush or whatever creative instrument you prefer into your mouth, think of your favorite food and wait for the gushes of saliva to appear and wet your brush.

Next week’s tip: What to do when your pencil lead breaks

This post would not have been possible without the inspiration of mankamundo and the conversation that followed after posting this image from this post to flickr.

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