It is so easy to get into a rut with painting and even easier to fall into the trap Picasso so aptly described: ‘Success is dangerous, one begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others – it leads to sterility.’ So if your painting has hit the doldrums, […]

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Virtuosity The artist has to have mastery of the techniques and skills with which he/she creates art. Like all great artists and indeed sportsmen, musicians and actors as well, true virtuosity makes the mastery of technical skills look deceptively easy. Other elements here might include: The intention to produce something – art is not produced […]

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What you See or What you Know? As an artist should you paint what you see or what you know. It is an interesting dilemma. Many of us strive, particularly when we start as an artist try to capture what we see in front of us in paint or pencil. We may interpret it in […]

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Mind a Blank? You have a blank piece of paper, canvas and the thought you want to create something, but where do you start? Being creative is harder than you think, nevertheless there are things you can do to be creative and get the creative juices flowing. Just start scribbling. Keep scribbling and looking, do […]

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