I have been looking back over some of the great advice from the artists featured in our spotlights. Our spotlight has the question “Do you have any good advice for aspiring and emerging artists?” The most popular counsel, mentioned from 67 of our artists, is to keep creating art no matter what. Have patience and persistence, and stick with it through thick and thin. Work hard and build up a body of art.
I have compiled some of the best and most encouraging advice from our spotlighted artists for this article.
Never Give up Creating Art!
”Making art is hard. It’s really, really hard. You make lots of crap work before anyone ever compliments what you do, and you make lots more crap work before anyone takes you seriously.
I am thankful every day for the professors and people in my life that encouraged me to keep pushing forward even when it probably looked like I was going nowhere. I also thank them for their honest opinions and for forcing me to grow and keep improving myself.
If you can accept that kind of constructive criticism and turn it into something positive for yourself and for your work, you will be successful.
You just need to keep at it. This isn't just a job or a career, you need to live artfully.”
”If you are going to be an artist then be an artist and paint, paint, paint.
Nothing compares with kilometres of brush work. No lessons, no advice nothing. Only practice, determination and not giving up on your dream will enable you to succeed.”
Colombo, Sri Lanka
“Don't let anyone tell you that what you create is not art. Some may like your work, others may not.
Don’t worry too much, just keep at it.”
“Keep painting. Quantity equals quality. You won't get better unless you keep painting. Never stop learning. Watch videos, read books, study the masters.
Share yourself and be honest. People are interested in the person behind the art.
Don't give up and whatever you do, ignore your inner critic! They're full of crap :)
Paint what you want to paint because life is too short to worry about what other people will like, and if you paint what you love, your passion and personality will show through and people will be attracted to it.”
Southern California, USA
”Don't ever give up, please. Don't let your friends, family, not even your spouse or parents deter you.
Being an artist is difficult, but keep at it, don't give up, and you will find it to be far more rewarding than money, a high paying job, wealth, etc.
Don't give up and don't let anyone stop you or drag you down. You are an artist, the greatest asset to our world.”
” KEEP AT IT!
And do not fear or snub the importance of promotion and networking.
Also, be true to your own style but do not view doing commissioned freelance work as "selling out"...if you can make money from your art, then go for it and you can always create works for yourself as well!”
Phoenix, AZ, USA
”I think that young artists need to know that having a career in art isn’t like flying in a rocket. You are not going to get there fast.
It’s a lifelong journey, one step at a time. Think of yourself as climbing Mt. Everest.
You just have to keep at it no matter what. Don’t quit ever. In the process, you may just discover yourself.”
Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
”Not all galleries are willing to take on new artists, unless the artists have made a name for themselves.
My motto is if you don’t try, you will never know. Don’t take rejection negatively.
A gallery owner once told me that I will never stand a chance to exhibiting in his gallery. His reason was that he was in the business for more than 20 years. He did not even take a look at my work. Five years later I was invited by the new owner to exhibit with the gallery.
Get as much work as possible out there. Do whatever it takes.”
”Breathe in faith, walk with confidence, trust your self, trust your abilities, even if you don't believe in yourself, do it, don't critique/judge/suppress yourself, just keep doing it.... it is all stepping stones pointing you in an unknown direction... it's all good.”
“Spend at least a year or two painting every day. In order to do this you need to save up and move to a country with a very low cost of living. You will find yourself less distracted by life and also more apt at making enough money in art to cover your living expenses.
Ooh! And one more thing.... let go of your art to people that want to buy your pieces. Immediately turn around and buy better supplies.
The goal is to improve and astonish yourself. You should be more focused on what you're capable of creating rather than what you've already made. . . The best is yet to come...."
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