Making Paintings Like Artisans

Graphic design may have led the decline in oil painting on canvas but there is nothing more refreshing than sitting down and practicing art in its purest form: painting. There are several ways of creating designs and patterns. The process can take as fast as 15 minutes or for months once an artist is immersed in the activity. Some of which are made through dry brushing, glazing, brushing in and underpainting—all of which are uncommon techniques that can make one appear more professional.

Painting for Leisure

Learning how to paint abstracts, photorealism and inwatercolor can prove to be an interesting hobby. And just as much, painting lessons have now popped up in commercial places as a means of making people busy. You can think of several reasons why painting is good for the soul: it allows us to meditate while expressing ourselves, it can be a good mental exercise and can keep your brain active since it allows us to concentrate at a single activity, motor skills and hand-eye coordination are improved and most importantly, it has a creative output.

Proper Painting

Done properly, a painting involves the application of pigments or mixed colors to a surface that eventually produces a cohesive image. It has had its broad application from the regular fabric to paper, glass, wood and even metal. The activity has branched to different kinds of painting: figure, illustration, landscape, portrait and still life among others. The transition from amateur to professional is met with significant consequences that one should consider.

Professional artists are those being paid to paint (commissioned) and use this as their main source of income. They are naturally freelance because they do not work for a direct employer and even if they do, it is more of a project basis or a period of time. Like any freelance job, the struggles become real as you choose to materialize the steps that you need to do to be established. Clients are aware of an artist’s creative statement and individuality but expect an adaptive attitude that can follow instructions and go with their projects. Going professional means knowing what your trademark will be and what will make you stand out. What do you paint? What do you use for painting? What do you paint on? Knowing these elements will help create a career in different directions.  

Painting as a Trade

A canvas can be several items, even a part of one’s own residence.For the joy of having to do one’s own wall, ceiling,the paintingnow becomes a line of trade in the area of construction. Being a painter and decorator involves a degree of artistry and practicality—with knowing how to mix solvents, prepare surfaces and using various materials to mix paint. Knowledge from artistic painting can also be applied to the trading industry with a few aesthetic elements and how important dimensions and colors are in making a room appear bigger or smaller.

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