Painters Tips, Volume 3

 

A painter’s journey in part involves a never ending quest of new knowledge.  This can involve everything from studying existing paintings, to attending workshops, reading, and much more. 

 

If you’re an artist who wishes to paint more and develop your ability, it would be well to start with a dedicated painting space – your studio.  No matter how small, having such a space lends a freedom of movement, from your non-art world into your creative world, on a level of magnitude that nothing else can come close to matching.  You’ll find yourself painting more, thinking about painting more, and creating better works. 

The studio can range from a simple small corner of a room, to an elaborate studio space complete with north light, and high ceilings.  The good news is, an artists creativity is not dependent on which end of this range is possible!  Many great artists have had nothing but a studio apartment in which they lived and created - all in one or 2 rooms.   The important thing here is to have an actual place where one can paint.  A place where your easel is always in place with a palette and paints close at hand.  Anyplace in a home can be converted into a studio space.  An unused bedroom, a nook that isn’t used much, a corner of the living room, etc..   If the lighting isn’t good, block the windows with dark curtains or fabric, and create your own lighting.  Simply put daylight corrected bulbs in the light fixtures to light the area you are painting in.  Daylight bulbs can closely mimic north light and give you flexibility to paint in the same light day or night.

 The good news is a studio space is within reach for just about everyone.  It may take applying a little of your creativity to make it happen, but once in place you’ll find it well worth it. 


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