Art: THE BIG SECRET!

So you want to know THE BIG SECRET that sells your art!?

I’m going to tell you the BIG huge secret. I’ve hinted at it and I don’t think anyone has really been listening or catching on as yet!

Your paintings must be  SENSATIONAL, if you want them to be admired and sold!

Why must they be sensational? Because, people buy paintings according to their senses, feelings, emotions and the mood they are in at the time at looking at your painting.

But what makes paintings  sensational?

Paintings are sensational when there is a vibrant bold CONTRAST of warm and cool colours.

Big and bold

A5 watercolour: Lovely sunny day.

Stirring the inner spirit:

To create that type of sensational impact, artists need to draw upon their emotions to see and feel the vibe of the different colours of the thing they are going to paint, and then if their inner spirit is truly excited about it, they’ll translate and transform it into something so exotic and dramatic that it will blow the minds of all those who see it, into buying it.

Therefore we could say art is a spiritual experience. Not just a skillful application.

  • How is your inner spirit? How do you feel about what you are going to paint?
  • Do you see beauty in everything around you? How do you look at the world?
  • How deep do you dig into your emotions to see things on a more spiritual level?
  • What colours or combination of colours do you see, that the `normal’ person overlook and don’t see?
  • How big or bold can you make the shapes of things or areas? What colours can you emphasis or change in those areas.

Have you ever thought as an artist, YOU are touching lives… spirit to spirit! Your job is to stir emotion in people. If people feel the sensation of the interaction of the colours and shapes, their spirit responds to what you are suggesting.

Let me go back to the impact of CONTRAST:

As I’ve already said, the bold interchange of warm and cool colours attracts attention in the first place.

The difference between the BIG bold shapes at your main point of interest and the less cluttered surrounding area, is the fact that the bold contrast draws people’s attention to the main point of interest.

And now let me go back to the word I used earlier as well… SUGGESTING

What is suggestion? To insinuate or put forward ideas to stimulate people’s minds into believing what you are proposing.

In art terms, suggestion is a vague rendition of subordinate subject matter to stirs people’s imagination. Necessary to enhance and accentuates your main topic or point or interest!

Bold things stand out more dramatically when they are surrounded by blurred indistinct things!

Here is a slide show example of watercolour paintings with warm and cool colours:

How do we make un-important things look vague?

  • Reducing fine detail and be selective where you put your highlights.
  • Use analogous colours and/or similar tone levels in unimportant surrounding areas.
  • The interaction and merging of the different colours when they are dropped-in unimportant areas adds mood and emotion.
  • Blurred contour edges create easy smooth visual transitions over things or planes.
  • Your indistinct area can still have stuff in it, but just a suggestion of the things. Such as the use of free loose irregular brushstrokes.

So you see, surrounding your dramatic point of interest with a blurred or understated environment, means you don’t need a lot of detail! Simplicity draws more attention, than complex authentic detailed compositions.

Whether your painting is big or small: simplicity creates the biggest impact.

Detail is the opposite, to the word suggest.

If too much detail is used in a painting, there is nothing left for people to use their imagination on. If you reflect on how people love to use their imagination…. And gossip… that’s using their imagination!

No seriously, jokes aside, people love to look at a painting they have bought and still be able to continue seeing something more in their esteemed purchase, for many years to come.

What I suggest is, consider looking into the matter.

  • What is so grand about the subject matter you want to paint?
  • Which things or areas can you make big and bold in your picture?
  • What colours do you intend to use?
  • How do they relate to one another?
  • Can you use the impact of complementary colours in your painting that are contrasting warm and cool colours?
  • If not, can you change the colours somewhat, to create lovely warm and cool contrasts? Even if the contrast is subtle.
  • And where will your colours have the most impact?

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Give Yourself a Break!

What you get, is how much you give of yourself!

If you want better results, you need to give more of yourself. How much time do you set aside to work on your ambitions? How often do you practice honing in on your skills?

Artistic talent is born according to your inner vibes. How you feel about what you are painting. How you react to your environment. What your attitude is. And how you express yourself. And what you do with what you have learnt…

What do you expect from your first art lessons?

Keep in mind your first art classes will seem somewhat vague at first to you. Because there is so much to learn before you can produce a decent painting. The teacher needs to brief you on what to buy and introduce you to art jargon and theory terms, etc.

Give yourself a break

A5 watercolour: Late sunset.

 Art is complex:

There are so many facets to art: The constitution of pigments, how to apply paint, what tools and materials to use for what, how elements in paintings are arranged, how colours relate and mixed, etc, etc.

  • You can’t learn everything in the first lesson. You need to learn precept on precept, from concept to concept, each theory having a different application.
  • Working on very basic exercises at first so you understand what is occurring, how the pigments interact and how to mix and control the paint, before moving onto simple compositions.
  • If you intend to learn how to do huge complex compositions, you’ll get to the point sooner or later in your lessons, that simple compositions have more impact than more complex compositions, no matter what the size of the painting!
  • The important thing here is; if you learn the basics, you’ll have a stronger foundation to stand on, build your talent on. The more you know and experience, the less mistakes you’ll make.

 There are many facets to art.

Professionals will tell you there is always something new and exciting to learn. Your attitude and what you conceive as fact at one time, changes as your knowledge grows and your experience cultivates. When you look back on your past experiences you realize that each exercise had a learning curve. There is always something new to do and investigate. That is why art is so fascinating and full of adventure.

Each theory or skill depends on the medium, style and subject matter employed. It isn’t something you can absorb overnight, because techniques, laws and application skills are diversely integrated. Depending on the peculiarities and intricacies of the medium applied, the support used, whether paper or canvas, the choice of subject matter, your personal style of working, etc has diverse results.

Don’t give up:

Most students give up after just a few lessons because they didn’t know what art really entails, what was expected of them or how to get the best out of their lessons. It is heart breaking for a teacher to see someone give up before they have even begun to enjoy producing fabulous paintings.

  • Skill is something you gain through lots of practice and hard work. Anything worthwhile doesn’t come easy or cheap. Your whole heart has to be in there, to make it successful.
  • You need patience with yourself when your abilities are challenged. Challenges aren’t brick walls. They represent your next step up, another level of achievement, if you only persevere a little longer. And if you are not getting it right at any point, don’t force the issue, relax, reconsider what you may be doing wrong and then try again. Remember you are in a learning curve right there. How you handle each situation, is what makes the difference. You and your attitude are the key to your success.
  • Going to art classes means learning new things, finding new ways of doing things, how to improve your skills. Are you willing to learn new things?

The point is to enjoy painting, no matter what the subject matter is, even if you think it’s an insignificant exercise or not, each and every experience teaches you something.

Give your teacher and yourself a chance,

  • By listening and doing what is required in the lessons. He or she has a purpose or objective to each lesson.
  • Give of yourself. Open up your inner self, so you can express yourself more freely in whatever you are painting. When you relax your brushstrokes flow easier are more artistically.

And when artists THINK they have achieved fame:

Artists, who think they know it all and think they don’t have to learn anything more, stagnate in their isolated groove. They forget new theories, styles and techniques are being introduced all the time out there in the art world. So if you want future sales, you have to produce fresh unique material frequently.

You learn more when you are humble and hungry for knowledge. Therefore there is a need to be committed and enthusiastic enough to do personal research to develop new techniques to advance the chances of your paintings been sold regularly!

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How Art Teachers Retain Attendance!

How do art teachers keep their students attending their classes?

What attracts people to certain art teachers?

You may ask: Does the art teacher look prosperous? What is the art teacher’s home and studio like?  Is the art teacher a professional artist? How many attend and who attends those classes?

As it turns out it isn’t how qualified the art teacher is as a professional artist. It’s how vibrant the personality of the art teacher is. How exciting people find their classes, how the teacher presents their lessons, how they treat their students and what they actually provide that sets them apart as fantastic art teachers.

Art teacher

A5 watercolour: Stream flowing down through a valley, with blue flowers growing wild on both sides.

What type of art classes do you provide?

First consider, people have different needs and expectations.

  • Whether they want serious classes or stimulating social art classes.
  • Whether students want to hear the `boring’ stuff about art principles or just go straight into painting?
  • Are they happy to go the extra mile? Take notes and follow through by experimenting with what they have learnt at home too?
  • As a teacher do you observe the personality traits of your students? Considering some students like to steal the limelight! On the other hand, others don’t like drawing attention to themselves or are slow to perform an exercise because they’re scared of making mistakes?
  • Not everyone has the some skills. Some are good at analyzing form and drawing things, and others are better at colour combinations rather than structured form.
  • Some people sum up a situation and follow instruction easily and others need different ways of absorbing knowledge or recognizing things.

So many people desire to attend art classes:

Most say they “want to learn how to draw and paint”. But as it turns out, few have enough enthusiasm to make their desires come to fruition!

Why then, do some people stop attending art classes?

  • Some expect to paint a fantastic painting only after one lesson. Sometimes it’s the need to show their spouses and validate the reason for going to art classes.
  • For others, they don’t feel they are getting their money’s worth.
  • Those taught by a private artist or attend an art group, feel they can terminate fees or their membership at any time because they don’t take art all that seriously.
  • People, who aren’t putting in personal effort, sooner or later get to the point when they aren’t achieving anything and easily give up.
  • Others hit on the idea of taking art classes, perhaps because it’s the in-thing to do. Because they aren’t serious, they tend to while away their time, until something else more important in their estimation comes along.

Why then, do some people keep attending their art courses?

  • You’ll find that those who attend professional art colleges or university, stick it out to the end to receive a diploma, that they can add to their CV. Attending private art classes doesn’t ensure a decent income without a prestige diploma.
  • Have you noticed art teachers with dominant personalities aren’t shy to put out that it’s the in-thing to attend their art group! They keep their followers like mother hens. Their students continue attending their classes because they want to be seen as one of this prominent art group.
  • Bringing in other artists to do demonstrations, specializing in different techniques.
  • Special outings: going on field trips, doing plein-air painting at exciting venues.
  • And because new artists find it hard to get into galleries for the first time, they really appreciate it when their teacher provides a sales outlet for their artworks. Of cause the students need to realize, each painting has to be of high standard to make an impressionable impact on the public.

What makes people enjoy their art classes?

  • They get lots of praise from their teachers. Even for minor efforts, because their teacher knows several little successful steps eventually makes a great artist.
  • Each student likes to know they are important. How do you relate to your students? Do you just hover around and help those who demand your attention? How do those who are struggling feel about it?
  • Have you noticed how positive people put enthusiasm into whatever they do? They put everything into what they are doing. By dressing and acting the part of an artist they start becoming the part!

How can art teachers be more effective?

  • Most people want or need personal guidance often, during class. This means reducing the number of students per sessions. When people work in a close entity they become friends and become united as a group.
  • Sometimes there are problems the students are having and don’t want to discuss it in front of the rest of the class. Ask them to write their problems down and don’t be afraid to add questions. So the teacher can privately analyse them and redirect future lessons. In this way the teacher can reach all the students’ needs.

For extra suggestions:

How do you set out your studio? Is it easy to get around to each person and to follow-up after having given a demon on how things are done?

  • For quick help, have each student set out and label their colours in the same order, so the teacher can select a colour quickly and the student knows what pigment the teacher used in the exercise.
  • Have colour charts hanging on the walls, as reminders of what pigments can use to make up colour mixtures, what are the complimentary colours, etc.
  • Have a file filled with examples of each technique, that you can select from according to each lesson needs and circulate them around the classroom, so each student has something to identify with.
  • Have mobile trolleys on wheels filled with necessary art material and tools. Like hairdressers use, they are easily and quickly wheeled to where they are needed.

Check out this link too, on art classes: 12 BASIC FACTS about ART CLASSES

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