How To Become A Better Painter

March 18, 2013

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Students ask me all the time…..”How do I paint like that?” I can only imagine how many painters throughout history asked the same question….repeatedly, to their mentors, their teachers, their friends, in their own heads…they asked it. I can also hear the answer given as if it was a never ending echo that binds all artists. Paint….just go paint and practice, practice, practice. 


Yes, you can take a class, you can practice techniques until you are blue in the face, in fact, I hope you paint yourself with a blue face working on those techniques, it would be fabulous, but seriously, the key to becoming a better painter is to paint, often, daily, and sketch as well. There is one more thing I would add to that as a caveat of sorts…..give yourself the freedom to make a complete mess. 


There are voices we put in our own heads such as, “I can’t draw,” “I can’t paint,” I will never be good enough.” I do it, everyone does it, but there must come a point in our artistic journey that we have to silence those voices…harshly, and put them to rest. We must replace them with these, every day we seek to create:

“I WILL EMBRACE THE PROCESS, NOT THE PRODUCT.”


“I WILL GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO MAKE A MESS.”


“MESSES ARE ACTUALLY THE BEST WAY TO LEARN.”


“I AM AN ARTIST, I AM CAPABLE OF THIS JOURNEY, I WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN GROWING, EVOLVING, AND ENJOYING MY CREATIVE PATH.”


But we all must first do the work~


The paintings you see here are me…making a mess out of frustration. I am fascinated by the act of mark making, with fingers, with tools, with objects, with paint. I am also way beyond frustrated with some neighbors as well, so I first gave myself permission to just play with the paints and marks. 

I then gave myself permission to make mud in places…oh lawd, the dreaded mud!

I then imagined throwing eggs on their head. 

And I then covered most of it up and wrote my frustration out as marks. 

I Could Throw Eggs” 8″ by 5″ acrylic and charcoal on paper
DETAIL SHOT

I have no clue what I will do with this, but that wasn’t the point. The point was, I explored color, value, marks, transparency, negative acrylic painting, all the while imagining eggs dripping down the heads of some certain folks who I pray for often, lololol. 


The painting is simply that….a painting of practice and if I am ever to become a better painter I need to paint at least a 1,000 of these or so….


Go forth and make marks friends, paint, write, create, make a mess, and we will all celebrate our crap art together with the knowledge that we have invested time in ourselves and our creative gifts. 🙂 Peace to you friends, so glad we are on this path together, and I promise….no egg throwing your way! 

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