Deep down inside everyone, I truly believe there is an artist. I always hear from people, "I don't have one creative bone in my body!" and I always think- "No, you just haven't found the bone!" You can bet that somewhere down your ancestral line, there was at least one caveman or cavelady carving away at a stick or painting on a wall somewhere so go ahead and find that DNA!
Here's my list of top tips or learned lessons on "creating" to share with you.
1. Be original- Yes, go ahead and try to recreate another artists work for a fun challenge but just remember that you will likely disappoint yourself if you are looking to have the exact same outcome. Most art, like snowflakes, will always come out differently. Also, you will do yourself a huge disservice as an evolving artist if you lack originality!
2. Do what you love- I often get asked to paint a certain subject or style as a commission piece that I would probably not have chosen to paint on my own. When I've accepted this work, it always becomes "a thing" - it stresses me out, the work always feels "off" and I become preoccupied with not meeting the needs of my client. Ultimately, if you can, find your niche as an artist and sell that!
3. Make Mistakes to Grow- Explore until you find your way- paint a hundred ugly paintings or sketch 100 pathetic drawings until you get the hang of it. Like anything, art takes practice and mistakes are often the best vehicle for getting better. Other than during art classes, I have never expected another artist to simply show me how they do this or that technique to achieve a certain look. I tend to consider it cheating if I don't just go and learn the hard way how to do something myself. Build your art around your integrity and it will show because you will have all the more pride in it. You would never expect to show up at a law firm with zero experience and get promoted to partner. As an artist, I think you earn your way to success just the same.
4. Be proud and brave - build a portfolio and then stand behind it. Show up with it at galleries and coffee shops or anywhere else you want to have your art hanging and expect to get turned away. Somewhere someone will love your work and want it! I get both turned down and accepted pretty regularly and I'm good with it all. It's part of the deal!
I hope this helps someone on their artistic journey!