We Were All Beginners Once!
A very early portrait of mine
From an online portrait tutorial of mine years ago.
Thank you so much to everyone who liked my recent post of a portrait painted for an online tutorial years ago. I have had some wonderful emails forwarded to me from artists who loved this sweet face and many from blog readers who are literally just starting their own art journeys.
It is worth remembering that every single artist you meet , no matter who they are was a beginner at some time in their lives. And even as established artist we all often make mistakes. I still put paintings in the bin if I am not happy with them. Friends may wish I didn't but they are just not what I was hoping to achieve!
We really are all in a fabulous world where we understand exactly what each other is going through. From learning how to paint to that moment of trying to get into a gallery, society or exhibition. Don't worry when you have bad days,those will make the good days seem far better.The best advise is to keep moving that brush,don't worry what others say about your art. Love it yourself and believe in it.
You may find this amusing but when I first went off the rails of tried and true techniques quite a few artists didn't like my one eyed animals or portraits. My loose work was far too loose for them and I was advised to stay working as I was or I would never be successful as an artist. But guess what? My style is being loved now and tried by others who love it too. I stuck to my guns,stayed true to what I wanted to achieve and I am loving where I am now.
So if you want to paint a one legged cow, purple donkey or multi colour cabbage,you go for it.Your art is your own so be unique and brave enough to do so! Love what you do and don't ever be put off by those who may not see the world as you do.
On that note I will get back to painting my one eyed, one eared, two legged cat with green spots!