Making Art a Practice: 30 Ways to Paint a Pipe (How to Be the Artist You Are) (Paperback) - Common

Making Art a Practice: 30 Ways to Paint a Pipe (How to Be the Artist You Are) (Paperback) - Common

Language: English

Pages: 128


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discovering, giving life to form. Observational drawing builds our drawing skills. These are useful, in obvious ways, if we make paintings or sculptures. And they’re useful too in planning all sorts of work. It helps to be able to sketch things out without laboring or thinking too much. Drawing grows our creativity when we use different implements and experiment with different approaches—drawing in one color or two, with line or shadow, on white paper or colored, small scale or large. There are

beginning artists, we might want to show fledgling work to a trusted artist with more experience. It can be a great way to learn. A more experienced artist might choose to show work only once it has become clear. If we show our work too soon, when we’re still not sure about it, we might be knocked off course by a blank stare or an odd twitch of an eyelid. Better to wait until the work is clear. But here’s where it gets tricky. A careless remark can dishearten if we don’t take care. One great

It gives us ideas at these destination points. We get a chance to rest then the train slowly inches forward before picking up steam again. On each leg of the journey, which goes who knows where for each of us, we’ll have different companions and watch new scenery whizz by. If we’re too attached to a destination, we’ll miss the scenery and those curious conversations with fellow travelers. If we’re stuck in a station, we won’t get to see or experience much. Check your ticket and make sure it’s for

do we know when we’re onto a good thing? The answer is simple. Are you eager to get to work in the morning? Do you find yourself smiling when no one’s around? TIP: If our work doesn’t quicken our pulse, it won’t quicken anyone else’s. REFLECTION: What work do you want to grow? Reflect on this in your art journal, if you’re inclined toward writing. Or make a miniature visual diary of how you will develop a body of work in your sketchbook. Where can you take this? Allow your imagination a wide

of their space; we are of ours. They are who they are; we are who we are. We just need to be ourselves and see where it goes. It requires discipline. As artists, with every new thing we do we step into the unknown, but our art practice can help us find our way. Our art journey can evolve with small steps. A good art practice will build courage as well as vision. It will push us over the edge into messy mistakes and teach us that mistakes are okay—they’re brilliant idea incubators. Sometimes we

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