For the artist spotlight, I have been asking artists if they would share some advice or tips for other artists. There are some tips which keep getting mentioned time after time: keep creating art no matter what and promote your art as much as you have time for. I think its so important for us to hear this from artists of different backgrounds and experiences. This advice applies to us no matter where we are in the world – and its something we need to hear often.

Below are 10 featured artists, all of whom share some valuable tips for other artists.

 

  1. Ev McTaggart

    Canada

    Style
    : Abstract art

    Medium
    : Mixed media, acrylic

    always see myself in nature

    Advice and Tips: “If you are happy with what you are doing as an artist, don't worry about whether everyone likes it. There will be plenty of people who think as you do; you just have to hone in on those people.

    Practice, practice, practice. If you are not classically trained, train yourself. Learn everything you can about your craft.

    Try to find a mentor, someone who will coax, threaten, encourage and brag about you.

    Promote. Too many artists seem to feel that selling should take a back seat to creating. Well, honey, if you don't sell, you don't eat. I'm a former marketing person and I can tell you, if you don't promote yourself, who will? It's not something I think about when I'm creating. The muse comes first, but as soon as that painting is finished, bam! It gets promoted.”


  2. Varsha Vijayan
     
    India

    Style
    : Illustration

    Mediums
    : Digital and Traditional

    Oh you beautiful thing

    Tips: “Be inspired all the time. Inspiration triggers creativity.”


  3. Sandra Ragan

    USA


    Style
    : Realism, Impressionism

    Mediums
    : Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Watercolor, Colored pencil, fabric paint, graphite

    beatles painting

    Tips: “Follow your heart, never stop, no matter what, do what you love! Life is too short, be who you are. Never stop learning.”


  4. Daniil Belov

    Moscow

    Style
    : Realism, impressionism

    Medium
    : Oil

    Byala oil painting landscape with boats artist Daniil Belov

    Advice and Tips: “I am convinced that the desire and work can compensate the lack of talent. One should try and one will gain the result. And if there is a talent, all the more, one should make use of it.

    Also it seems important for me to not to judge anyone by my own taste and not to think that if I do not like something that it is bad. Probably I just do not understand this or do not know about this. It is better to try to understand it.”


  5. Anna JH

    England

    Style
    : Painterly Abstraction

    Medium
    : household/ acrylic/ oil paint, plaster, pva glue, sand, paper, glass


    lifelines 


  6. Sue McElligott

    USA


    Style
    : abstract expressionism

    Medium
    : Acrylic/Mixed Media

    What A View Sue McElligott

    Advice: “I consider myself an emerging artist myself so I guess I would just tell someone coming out to’ just do it.’ Don’t let fear get in your way. It’s scary because your art, whatever it is you do, is like a diary of yourself, so you are very protective of it. I had to decide to let go and share my work to family and friends, and then finally, to the world via social media as we know it. It was hard. I was a wreck at first. But now I love to show my work. I had to get over the ‘what if they don’t like it?’ phase, because not everyone is going to like everything and that’s OK.”


  7. Randi Grace Nilsberg

    Norway

    Style
    : Various

    Medium
    : Photography and digital art

    Procrastination

    Tips: “You can become whatever you want if you want it enough.  Make sure you have a specific goal and stay focused on reaching it!  Don’t let life or people tell you that you can’t!”


  8. Bjorn Davidson

    USA


    Style
    : modern, outsider

    Medium
    : acrylic and collage

    Bjorn Davidson artwork

    Tips: “Embrace the process, have faith that maybe art IS right for you. Above all do work, make work, share work, bury the critics underneath even more work.”


  9. Eileen Felix

    USA


    Style
    : Bright, Impressionism, romanticism, abstract

    Medium
    : Acrylic, newspaper, plywood

    eileen felix art

    Tips: “Keep creating. The best thing you can do is believe in the energy you feel and express yourself.”

  10. Bobbi Bryce-Miller

    USA


    Style
    : Abstract, Contemporary

    Medium
    : Painting, Ink drawing, Photography, Fused Glass

    Dance Class

    Tips: “Though I am an emerging artist the one bit of advice I have is to not be afraid to put your work out there. I am just now making that leap, and wish I would have long ago.”








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