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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Finding Unique Art Style

Experiment with Different Medium and Different Art Techniques

When I first started, I used acrylic. I also tried water-soluble crayons and pencils, color pencils, and soft pastels. But the minute I touched oil paint with my brush, I knew oil would be my medium. It felt magical, as if we knew we were made for each other.

Experiment with different art supplies and Different Art Techniques, and when you meet your Mr. or Mrs. Right, you would know it.

Look at a Lot of Art

If you can’t visit museums often enough, one great online source is The National Gallery, London, where you can zoom in to observe the brush strokes. When you look at the art you admire, don’t just say you love it and stop there. Examine the paintings. Is detail carefully treated, or loosely? How important is tonal value? How important is color? Are the colors saturated or earthly? Did the painter plan the composition carefully or was it more free and intuitive? What about the use of narrative or symbolism?

As you examine each piece of art, write down your answers to these questions. Once you have done so for at least 5 paintings (the more the better), think about where you want to be on each of these categories, namely, treatment of detail, value, color, composition, narrative and symbolism. This will give you a concrete idea about your preferences, which inevitably determines your style.

Get a Mentor

If you are still be somewhat confused, get a mentor. What seems like an unsolvable puzzle to you, very often, is crystal clear to an experienced mentor. You need one who doesn’t just teach you techniques, but who is also knowledgeable in art history and the many genres of art.

Keep Evolving

After you think you’ve discovered your style, you will continue to grow and evolve. So stay open, keep looking at great art, keep learning, keep drawing and keep painting!

Triptych Art Painting

Initial doodles- The first thing you need to do to create your painting is to simply doodle. Work with different styles, themes and ideas, when you have a number of different doodles. You can then choose your favourite from them, and then move on to doing it for real.

Sketching- Now that you have chosen your theme, you can begin sketching your painting for real. Try and develop the triptych canvas painting further than the doodles. Expand your ideas and add different dimensions to it.

Choosing your paint- Either acrylics or oil can work here. Note that oils will take a lot longer to dry than acrylics, making them better for longer projects. Choose which pain works best for you and apply it to your triptych canvas painting.

Applying the paint- Now it’s time to paint. Carefully choose your colours, based on what you are trying to achieve. If you are planning on painting flowers, bright, pretty colours may be the best idea. However, if you are trying to tell a grim story, darker colours will work better. It’s all about making sure your triptych canvas painting matches the thing you are trying to portray.

Black outlines- This may not work with all paintings, however it is a personal preference for me. Adding black outlines adds dimension to the painting, making it come alive and stand out clearly.

Doodling Unleashes Powerful Passionate

Following your artistic passion is a decidedly regulated enjoyable practice you may undertake by an act of will. But, it will require of you passing through of threshold marked clearly and visibly, “Enter at Thy Own risk.” Unleashing inborn artistic gifts involves risks. Those risks demand stepping out into the land of embarrassment in some way or another. Every human being is an artist accompanied as his/her birthright, but not necessarily comfortable with this idea. The innate artistic treasure holds an inestimable value but one that is not easily recognized or appreciated. In fact, you may be totally unaware of the unique artistic contribution you will offer while alive. These unique contributions are often masked in pain, delay and disappointment.

The vital importance of your artistic contribution to mankind can not be overstated. You have a supreme gift which should be redeemed, acknowledged and recorded for your own sake. That unique unstated purpose, hidden in you, along with your energetic sensual presence will not go unnoticed. But unless you make an attempt to draw it, (start by doodling) you will in no wise ever be able to see it. That’s right! I said doodle! Make a mark, line, circle, star, square, jagged lines running into one another, a distorted face or crooked box,; whatever suits your fancy, doodle it.

No one else can give you the unfractured peace (closure) you seek. No one can design for you a life which does not originate from deep within you. You carry the unearthed version of your special vision. Rapture’s Repose inhabits you. But, it is singularly up to you to show ‘you’ the Billboard. Your life’s story told through ART represents immeasurable value and laudable merit in the entire divine scheme of things.

It’s all a matter of coming to that place where you can appreciate the sacred messages hidden behind, above, underneath and beyond the simple artistic representations hidden deep within. Every mark you make matters, considerably. For example, just look carefully at how you construct the first letter of your first name. That letter alone says so much about whom and what you are here to do. For a brief esoteric experiment, doodle that one letter as much and as often as you can. Watch how it evolves.

It will, IF you pay attention, develop into that cosmically therapeutic place where assumptions are forfeited and preferences are discarded. How can that be so? Because your hand, used as a sacred tool, is energetically inspired to capture and display inner truth. For the sake of distributing indisputable cosmic truth of the realized divine essence of spirit upon the earth, while being briefly held in captivity of flesh, we are encased in a ‘temporary artistic doodled form’ for all to behold and interact with. Bottom line: It is you telling part of God’s story [It does not matter in the least how you refer, believe or interpret the concept of God] in and through your personal ART {relationships/careers/romances/businesses/educational pursuits/achievements/aspirations etc.}!

Your individually conceived revelation, no matter how poorly constructed or elaborately devised is but a whiff of the exhilarating aroma that points to something far more spectacular in motion. Through each man’s ART, we are allowed the opportunity to expand our horizons. From beginning to end, we are privy to see into the eyes of experience of the multitudes of unnamed and unnumbered artists, simply by opening to the natural sensual Colorful flow. By using the seemingly inconsistent and disconnected principles, methods, routines prompted from within, we come to really appreciate, value, and honor the stroke of our own and the other’s exclusive mark.

Our emotionally rigid minds are encouraged to explode, breaking down the prejudiced barriers we maintain. We become fully present as we stop to contemplate the suppleness of each man’s divine purpose demonstrated in his simple ordinary work. If we would but stop long enough to acknowledge the divine’s presence in the ordinary things, we may just open ourselves to receive and participate in a life filled to overflowing zeal and enthusiasm. An emblematic merging occurs as the onlooker is allowed to ingest the vision of grandeur so wittily covered up. A reassuring feeling of comprehension takes hold as we, the viewer, along with the other artists, embrace the interconnectivity revealed in all things. Take up thy pen and stroke!

Pick Art Materials

If you are interested in a certain form of art, you should not hesitate to take it up more seriously. The first step should be determining what type of art form you prefer, be it painting, sketching or drawing. Once you have that settled, you can start researching on the types of art materials available for that art form. Never hesitate to try anything as you would not know what you might be good at if you do not experiment. Some people are simply gifted about being artists, but that does not mean only they can draw or paint. If you feel like you are not gifted, frequent practice and patience can turn you into a good artist.

If you are planning to take up sketching, you do not need to use very sophisticated drawing material. A pencil, sketch pad and eraser are all you need. Start by sketching simple things and as you practice more often, you can go on to sketch anything that you want. You can even look up at the internet to watch tutorials and learn the right techniques. As for painting, you would want to purchase water colors, paint brushes, easels, drawing boards and any other type of materials that you would require to paint. The steps again are simple, start out easy and as you progress, you can try anything you want. You can visit art galleries or surf the internet to get inspiration. Drawing is similar to painting besides the slight differences on the tools. There are unlimited techniques one can use when making art pieces. You can even merge sketching, painting and drawing if you want to. It depends up to your creativity and the possibilities are limitless.

If you are a parent and planning for your child to take up art; make sure you understand what form of art your child is interested in. If you are not sure, you can let the child experiment and focus on one when he takes his pick. Ensure that the materials you buy for him are safe and wouldn’t pose any threats to them; such as sharp edges of easels. Children sometimes end up biting their art material. So, if you can’t keep a watch on them all the time, make sure you buy materials that are non toxic.