Art: Talent & Style

ADA FAGAN’S talent is extensive and inspiring.

Art has always been in her blood. She thinks, lives and breathes art.

Ada enjoys art so much, she takes time out and goes out into the countryside capturing scenes with her camera. Then getting back home and she paints selectively from those scenes.

The family has a joke about Ada and her camera,, “So long as she has a camera in her hands, or hanging around her neck, she can do anything!”.

She gets so excited about getting good scenes, she willingly tramp through bush, wade through rivers, even climb cliffs and balance huge rocks, etc to get the right composition angles!

Watercolour landscape.

Ada’s artistic style differs according to commissions and the mood of the subject and the demands of any given commission, whether they are abstract, impressionistic or misty atmospheric impressions.

Ada’s art:

Ada doesn’t like painting tight little posies of flowers. She likes to paint flowers in their rural natural settings, out in the fields, waving in the breeze.

She says the sounds of Nature has a profound effect on the way you wield your brush while painting out on location.

Seeing the wind blow over the grasslands and through the trees, birds chirping and bees buzzing in and out the flowers, puts life and energy in your paintings.

  • She is fascinated by atmospheric conditions. The filtering of light and the glow of auras and rim-lights caused by back lighting.
  • There’s an emotional contrast and interplay of warm and cool colours, that makes her paintings so spectacular.
  • Many people have said her water scenes are her best forte, whether they are oil paintings, watercolours or pastels.

You will see: Everyone of her pages and  blogs has at least one of her paintings..

One of her commissions was the portrait of Archbishop Desmond Tutu that was commissioned by the Anglican Church, and now hangs in Bishops Court, Cape Town.

Ada is willing to share her talent and her knowledge:

Ada Fagan has written many art books over the years, covering every artistic topic you can think of.

The topic and theme of the books, maybe controversial in some cases, but the aim has been to give additional info, generally over looked in other art books.

Some of the books she has written cover such subjects as:

Teaching professional art, atmospheric watercolours, colour scheme dynamics, composition design, power of imagination, psyche of the artist, dexterity styles, freedom of expression, emotional impact and location fieldwork, study of light, sales & fame.

Ada is now using some of the info from these books in her blog posts, so you can benefit too from her knowledge too.

Click her Free Art eBooks page: for free watercolour art book downloads.

Her blogs contain many artists secrets and tips.

They cover how to sell your art effectively, and also techniques and new theories Ada has discovered in her intensive research over the years.

She happily shares her experiences with others. So take a trip through her website, you’ll find her blogs motivating and very informative.

If you are interested, Ada also runs a Steemit site: @artguru  And writes about other things too. Her travel blogs also include some of her paintings.

PS: Art galleries, framers & art suppliers are invited to advertise on this website too, but permission must be first granted by contacting Ada Fagan. This includes nature reserves and country lodges where location fieldwork is promoted.

Art & Fame


This is an introduction page to the many secrets you will find on Ada Fagan’s website and in her blogs, on how to paint beautiful exciting paintings and become a famous renowned artist.

Art and fame: Free expresssion

Wild cosmos flowers

Fame in a crowd:

Your talent is just an expensive hobby if you don’t sell your work. Fame of some sort is necessary to be able to sell your work.      And fame seldom comes overnight because there are a great many artists out there and you are seen only within the crowd of artists. Therefore to be seen, your art has to stand out, be dramatic, unique and have great emotional impact.

On your own, it takes quite a bit of research, on which paintings sell and which don’t! But if you want to know quicker on how to compose exciting paintings and how to sell your talent effectively, in spite of the enormous diversity of artistic talent out there, just follow my website and blogs, there are so many secrets; tips and advice that can help you realize your ambitions.

Building an artistic reputation:

To start with, understand if you haven’t an affluent patron to promote you effectively or the right social connections, it takes a period time to build up a reputation. And very few artists sustain fame once they obtain some degree of acceptance.

Why, because it requires constant diligence to your ambitions. Been prepared and ready to take up challenges and hard work, even when inspiration’s mood eludes you. So you see success as an artist doesn’t come with faint hearts. It’s been in love with what you are doing that counts. Carrying an artistic vision beyond speculation, out into reality!

Gaining leadership in a crowd:

Have you ever noticed how successful people `sit in the front row’? Why do they do that? To start with they want to hear, see and know what is happening. They know more because they listen carefully and respond verbally when necessary. Therefore they are noticed because they participate.

People won’t know you or your talent if you sit back and `hide in the back row’. To be famous you have to be out there doing your thing publicly, so people can assess your talent for all it’s worth.

People only believe what you can do, if they can see what you do. So make sure your art you put out there, is of good quality, because in itself it’s your `advert’. You don’t want to damage your reputation. People stick by their first impressions!

Persistence in the face of opposition:

You need be resilient and have a thick skin when your work is criticized. Many a time you’ll feel like you could just give up …..but don’t.

First assess the situation and what those people really know about art. On the other hand they are the general public who know what appeals to them. Even that has to be considered, knowing everyone has different tastes.

So what, if you want to succeed, you have to press forward, believing in yourself and your talent until you make it. Any honest renowned artist will tell you not every painting is a success. Everyone makes mistakes and has bad days when nothing seems to go right. You can’t allow opposition and mistakes to set you back.

You need to be your own realistic critic. Each piece of art is different, so re-assessment each situation. Maybe you need to do further research to re-invent yourself and move on, before you can put your paintings up for sale again.

Business of art and fame:

Art isn’t all fun and games if you want to become famous. You may have outstanding talent, but you have to run it like a business, be economical, yet farsighted. Painting materials are costly. You have to watch costs, keep to schedules, and fine-tune your talent to the emotional demands of the public.

You have to be your own production manager, public relations and sales manager. Project the right image. Know how to sell your work and what sells a painting. Who your audience is, what their needs are. What are the present trends? What marketing platforms there are and how to get your work accepted. What to avoid and reject.

Personality & lifestyle of artists:

To the general public artists are weird! Why do artist seem so eccentric?    It’s because artists think, act and breathe art all the time. To capture a beautiful vision of what to paint, artists need to be sensitive to their surroundings and be observant to the emotional impact in mundane situations. Therefore it’s a spiritual and emotional experience and existence, an endless passion for colour and form in their lives.

Art and fame: Free expression

Winter stream

Art and fame is a way of life:

Once famous, people expect more and more of you. You have to live up to their expectations of you and your style of art. You have to produce more and more works of art. Want to know how to handle fame? Start by reading the ” Fame and Fortune” category. The first blog been “Want to become a famous artist?”