Pastelist Ann Oram, who’s known for her mixed media work featuring florals and landscapes, shares eight beginner art tips to help you on your artistic path.
Always begin by using your eyes. They’re your best tools. From there, your brain can start to interpret what you’re seeing, feeling and sensing.
Work on subjects that excite you. Why work with buildings if it’s the human form or a bunch of wildflowers that catch your attention?
Don’t be afraid of mistakes. Regard every one as a learning tool.
Free up. It’s exciting; it should be. Paint for yourself, not for an audience.
Grow a thick skin. Criticism comes with the job.
Look at the work of artists who inspire you. Look further afield if you can. Learn from the greats.
Learn from generous people. They allow you to be who you are when you’re in a classroom or gallery situation.
Enjoy it. It won’t always go smoothly. There will be problems and technical hitches, but these will pass as you grow in confidence and ability.
See more of Oram’s art, and learn more about her mixed-media process, in the February 2017 issue of Pastel Journal, available in print and as a download at northlightshop.com and on newsstands January 3.
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