5 MISTAKES Artists Make | 5 Rules to Live By

5 MISTAKES Artists Make | 5 Rules to Live By

hey guys – welcome to or back to my channel if you're new here definitely hit the subscribe button and try on your post notifications so you don't miss any of my upcoming videos about art creativity and faith so for today's video we're gonna be talking about the five of mistakes that artists make and kind of the rules that I've come up with the five rules that I've come up with that I live by as an artist to prevent those mistakes because I've made them so I'm gonna start with more benign mistakes and work my way up to more important big mistakes that you just don't want to mess up this list is gonna be geared more toward painters just because that's what I am but I think as we go on you'll see that it applies to any creative so let's get started so number one is not having enough white paint I know silly silly silly silly start but it's something that I it's a rule that I live by witches always have more white paint I think if you're a painter you get this and this is something that you may have learned but if you're starting out just know that when you're mixing color when you're learning to mix color and lighten things and you know mix complementary colors with complimentary triads whatever triads all those things you're gonna want a lot of white the white just helps so much to create the colors that you want and in the beginning I had no idea about the color wheel I anything all I knew is that if I wanted to let you know color if I wanted to make different shades I think it's shades or is it since it's shades of a color then I just add white to it so you should always just have white on hand and it's just gonna save you a lot of time you don't want to you know be ready for paint session and realize you ran out of white it just doesn't really help however if there's someone who paints straight out of the tube go ahead if you like darker colors you work with a more moody palette I still think way it's really helpful but do you this is just a mistake that I made and a rule that I live by which is to always have excess black paint so number two is being lazy about your brushes specifically leaving them in water overnight or leaving them out by accident and they crossed over with paint and they're dead I mean I know there's ways to bring them back to life but I'm just saying by and large they're probably dead and I'm speaking specifically when it comes to acrylic paint acrylic paint it dries so quickly so you have to make sure you put it in water but once you put it in the water take it out of the water and clean it once your painting session is over it's so important I've had so many times where I've left it in the water and what happens is the water kind of soaks into the wood if you have like a wood brush and then it kind of starts to cracking the wood and then the metal part that's holding the brush and the stick just starts to loosen up and then your brushes just fall apart and nobody wants that they're the vehicle for your painting so you want to make sure you take care of them actually just did that the other day so my rule to live by even though I sometimes screw up but it's so good to know do not be lazy about cleaning your brushes number three is a mistake that I made when I was first starting out sharing my art with others and selling it I Barnidge to painting before it sold I learned very quickly that if a painting doesn't sell its lost or you prefer you can't paint over it it's it's varnished and I know there's ways to remove varnish but for me it just i used a more permanent one I sprayed it on and it was just gone forever and I did that for a bunch of paintings that never sold my idea behind this was to have good customer service and that's a very good thing to strive for but when it came down to it I wanted the you know the collector who bought the art to get their art as soon as possible but if there's no collector then I should be able to reuse that painting if it no longer serves me or if I no longer want that painting so obviously there are times where a painting doesn't sell and you hold on to it it's not like this hasn't sold in two days and you get rid of it you paint over it but these things cost money so you just you want to paint over it if a painting didn't sell and you're at that point where you're ready to move on from it and it's not your baby anymore then you should be able to and I think that's perfectly fine so don't furnish a painting before it sells number four and this is when we start getting really big the mistake that I see artists making and that I have made myself in the past as a self-taught artist is to be more inspired by other artists than my own life I know it's really hard with social media to see other artists and being inspired by their techniques and their colors and you know the way they move their brush and the brushes they use or the tools that they use that are not brushes and whatever mediums they're using along with whatever paint medium with the medium I know it's really tempting and it's it's not like you're wanting to copy hopefully it's not like you're wanting a company at least I never did but sometimes I would find myself wanting to like paint like another artist when I paint the way that I paint and my creative intuition is my creative intuition and that's a good thing and to be more inspired by other people than I am by my everyday life well that's a discredit to my creativity and it cheapens the other person's work it's just not fair to them so it's more important in the rule that I live by is to be inspired by my own life so if that means taking a walk if that means you know going to the beach if that means you know having a more tactile experience with something a physical experience if I run if I you know feel the wind like whatever it may be I'm very inspired by nature as you can see even though I'm an abstract artist whatever it is to get me inspired by my own work and noticing moments of beauty in my life that come into the studio with me that is what's gonna make the magic happen for my creativity and the way that I avoid you know being more inspired by other artists is if I see an artist and I'm starting to compare myself and I'm starting to think oh that I think is really cool I want to try that what I'll do is I'll take a certain mark or a certain color or certain whatever technique that they're using and I'll practice with it on my own and integrate it into my own work so that way it's authentic I explore it privately so that by the time I share it with the public it's my own thing it's not something that it's not a carbon copy of someone else's work it's not even vaguely similar it's something completely different at that point and that's the goal so if you can avoid that at all sometimes if I see another artist I'm comparing myself and I want to do something that they're doing I don't even practice it at all I don't even try it I literally just hit unfollow and I back off because I want to explore my own creativity and I want that to shine when I share that with my my collectors so number four is don't be more inspired by other artists than you are by your own life number five this goes along with number four worrying too much about rules and not channeling all their energy into their own creative intuition I'm a self-taught artist I didn't go to school for art so I don't really know all the things that all the rules and everything but one thing that I learned very early on was not to mix too much water with acrylic paint that it breaks down the chemical compound of the paint and it's just not good it won't last as long as it would with if you use the medium to kind of achieve whatever effect that you're looking for that's what I learned and so I avoided that but I see now more than ever so many artists who are doing just that and honestly Oh some people some artists you know art history or maybe even now don't think that the point of art is to be necessarily archival and I think that is somewhat true you know I there's there are different schools of thoughts on these things there's different reasons why you make your art and there's different purposes behind it and kind of the life that you want your painting to have whether it's you know holding on to its meaning when you made it whether you want it to be a long lasting heirloom and a family whatever the purpose of your painting is or your art or whatever that you're making that's what is the focus don't focus on the rules of what people say you should and shouldn't do because all these artists wouldn't be successful had they not broken the rules and what is art anyways if we're just following rules made by other people let's not do that so the rule that I live by in this case ironically Soho is follow my creative intuition and don't care too much about the rules did I contradict myself that's okay you get me so that's it for today's video I hope that if you're a painter or creative that you found this really helpful and that you can live by these rules and avoid these mistakes if this video was helpful please give it a thumbs up that would really be awesome and if you've made a mistake that wasn't on this list leave it in the comments below so that we can all learn from each other and be better as artists thank you so much for watching and I'll see you my next video


  • Ryan Nunes says:

    Great first video! Can't wait to see more 😀

  • Honestly Hope says:

    so good! definitely don't consider myself an artist but some of these mistakes can apply to any mini projects i find myself doing with paint. also love the tip about being inspire by your own life. that applies to so much!

  • Courtney Keb says:

    All of the life inspiration and all of the white paint! 😍😍

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