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5 Tips for Beginner Artists

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watercolor painting of a back yard in new england with a bulkhead under a window on a clapboard house

5 Article Roundup for Beginner Artists

Beginning an art adventure that requires some skill-building is a lot easier with instruction.

Practical, step by step painting tips can be found in library texts, blogs, youtube videos and online courses. Many of them focus on methods, techniques and broad-stroke approaches to making finished art that appears the way the artist imagined it would.

Here are some tips on basic tools for beginner artists, and some mindset reminders and practice suggestions for more fun, and less angst with your art supplies.

a watercolor painting in process showing the beg8innings of a house and yard with a bulkhead and shrubbery
Work in Process – Bulkhead in New England (Titled before I learned how to create art titles beyond the [obvious] subject of the painting)

Over-Studying How to be an Artist

dark field monotype ghost
Five More Minutes – 4 x 6 Dark Field Monotype Ghost Print with Watercolor (sold)

11 Reasons to Make Small Art

portrait of a young girl in watercolor
Independence Day 5 x 9 watercolor (Sold)

Tools for Beginner Artists

fixing a failed watercolor with colored pencil - a day lily and a paper weight
Tiger Lily and Polka Dot 7 x 5 Watercolor and Colored Pencil (sold)

Finish Your Art

  • Many paintings go through an ugly stage before they’re finished. It’s easy to feel discouraged and quit before you get over that hill towards something beautiful. But don’t quit. We need to keep going and see the art through to a finish, so let’s all cheer each other on. Read this.

Back Yard, New England – 6 x 9 Watercolor on Paper (sold)

Charting the Course to Become an Artist

a watercolor of a woman napping on a couch with a cat sleeping on her hip
Intermission 12×16 Watercolor (sold)

Shine a Light on a Broader Perspective

I hope the beginner artist posts gathered here work as a bit of grout to bridge tiles in your creative adventures. Being an artist – especially a beginner artist – doesn’t have the risks associated with learning to perform heart surgery, but it can be daunting if we fall down the rabbit hole of self-doubt and How-to-Start.

We have the good luck to be alive in an era of instant communication, global research abilities at our fingertips, and worldwide community with other artists on social media and blogs. There’s no reason (anymore) to agonize over how to become an artist all alone.

Dismantle your naysayer with a bit of research on ways to tape its mouth shut, build your community, and make haste to your art supplies to get some work done. Use what you have, and do what you can.

I’m rooting for you.

Thanks for your visit, and I’ll see you in the next post -


P.S. American Watercolor published an inspiring essay on painter-explorer Tony Foster’s approach to coping with Lockdown during the Covid19 pandemic. Read his inspiring exploration into nature with watercolors.

watercolor of a cat
One of my favorite furries, rendered in watercolor – Jack.

Art Quote

Be patient and persistent, and don’t make the mistake of thinking good paintings always lead to sales. Money is only one measure of achievement.
There are many great artists who do not sell, and conversely, many who sell, who aren’t great artists.
Until the collecting public responds, be encouraged by feedback from friends, relatives and fellow artists.
It takes time to market artwork.
Ask yourself; What can a gallery do for me that I can’t do for myself?

Frank Webb

a greyhound dog resting on a carpet with a leopard skin collar and a speech bubble asking if you wish you had more time for art
Watch a free video tutorial with Six Tips to Paint More Often

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