Don’t Stare at Your Home Runs

No Gaps No Way

When I say no gaps I mean that there should not be a long period of time between one painting or drawing to the next one. In that space, there is the enemy of growth.

Consistency

You heard the advice that consistent effort is the key to success. I am going even deeper. What you need to pay attention to are the moments in between each accomplishment. Between stimulus and our reaction is a space. You are in control of that space. I find that I learn the most from a painting by applying the lessons learned immediately on the next painting or drawing.

Don’t Stare at Your Home Runs

I know its almost October and for the postseason of Major League Baseball. It was only a matter of time before I included a baseball reference in my blog. When some players hit a home run, they often stand and stare at the mammoth shot as it goes over the fence. It’s definitely fine to be pleased with a successful painting but while we are patting ourselves on the back for too long, we are missing an opportunity to learn and continue to grow. I always like the players when they hit a home run, put their head down and round the bases quietly and humbly until they cross home plate.

Finish Means a New Beginning

If you need to, have your next painting already started before the latest painting is completed. This way you decrease the space between the two works even more. Trust me, when you decrease the time between paintings or drawings, your learning, and growth as an artist will also increase.

I hope this helps you to realize that the inspiration is inside you. Check out my website at www.paintedglyphs.com. There you will find info on my YouTube Channel, My India Ink, and Airbrush technique as well as new artwork available.

Maintaining Focus During the Lean Times

Maintaining Focus During the Lean Times

Maintaining focus during the lean times is about keeping yourself inspired when it seems as though nobody is in your corner or our next achievements appear to be way off in the distance. How can we retain focus with the distractions of lean times? Let us explore.

Consistency is the Key

Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” ~Dwayne Johnson

Keep your head down and work is sometimes the most difficult thing to do. When outside inspiration has dried up, we need to look within to find the energy and courage to press forward. Stick with your success strategy and be consistent. Start a new painting and put in the hours. Work through the difficulty. Avoiding the easel is not the answer. In fact, it is almost never the answer.

Catch a Movie

I also like to watch movies about artists. These movies can be fiction, non-fiction biographies or documentaries. For me, they remind me that I am not the only one that has had the life of an artist thrust upon. Many art history documentaries of the Old Masters are a wonderful way to get your artistic blood flowing again.

Dig deeper, It’s in There.

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir

Become more intense.  Amplify yourself and your talent. Like turning the faucet on your kitchen sink, let your power increase and fill you up during those lean times. Give just 15 minutes extra at the easel each day. Learn a new photo manipulation software or get a book on taking better photos for your paintings. The pathways and opportunities for you to amplify your talent and message are inside you.

I hope this helps you to realize that the inspiration is within us all. Nobody is going to be in your corner more than you will, especially when you are under construction. So do what you need to do during the lean times.

Please go ahead and check out my website at www.paintedglyphs.com. There you will find info on my YouTube Channel, My India Ink and Airbrush technique, and new artwork available.

 

 

 

Five Things That Will Make You a Better Airbrush Artist

Five Things That Will Make You a Better Airbrush Artist

Do you search for or wonder what would be the perfect advice for the airbrush artist that feels stuck or on a plateau in their learning and airbrush control?  I came up with these five tips that will help you to grow and be a better airbrush artist.

1. Practice the Art of Practicing.

What do I mean about this is that we need to practice but to practice on a higher level. Dagger Strokes, Dots, and Fading Lines are not just things we do to warm up. Each and every day, attempt to improve on yesterday’s Dagger strokes, Dots and Fading Lines.

2. Play, Play, Play with the Paint or the Ink.

When you are practicing daily, play and experiment with the paint. See what happens when the air pressure is low or when you over reduce it. Play with the distance and how it reacts when you add white to it. This type of thinking will go a long way to helping you become a better airbrush artist.

3. Look to the Old Masters.

The tradition of European Painting from the 1400s to the early Twentieth Century is rich with the inspiration and knowledge of painting that was passed on from generation to generation. There are so many artists and approaches in history. If you search through art history you will find an artist that will inspire you and give you a direction and focus that you would not have otherwise.

4. The One Second Rule.

This is one of my most important rules when it comes to becoming a better airbrush artist. It is much easier to paint what you are seeing when you are actually looking and studying your subject before you paint it. This rule is simple, the amount of time you paint is equal to the amount of time you are looking at the what you are painting. If you are painting for a second, look at the photo for a second. If you are painting for 4 seconds, look at the photo for 4 seconds. I guarantee that your painting will have a sharper and more accurate realism.

5. Use Up Those Art Supplies

You went out and purchased those paints and that frisket only to have them sit on the shelf in your studio. One of your main goals is to use up all of those supplies. This goal has two great results. The first is that you will get better through practice and the second, is that you will need to order new supplies when you run out. A win, win scenario if you ask me.

I hope this helps to give you a direction and guidance to reach your full potential as an airbrush artist. Please check out my YouTube channel where you find videos, live streams, and tutorials that will help you to become a better airbrush artist through my innovative technique of using India Ink with the airbrush. I also teach online, one on one through Skype where you will learn how to paint in airbrush side by side with me. For more information, please log onto my website: www.paintedglyphs.com

Fight and Win Against Airbrush Procrastination

Tips to Fight Airbrush Procrastination and Go Forward Anyway

Do you ever look at your airbrush, look at the empty board or canvas, and look at the computer or cell phone?  Well, this happens to me more often than you would think.

This procrastination or lack of action happens to every airbrush artist. The difference between the active painters and the ones who seem to never finish their work is that the successful airbrush artist goes forward anyway. They fight the battle before it is ever fought.

Remember, it is not about whether or not it becomes a good painting or not, it is about the practice and putting in our hours to get to, reach for, or strive for our artistic potential. So how can we do this? I have some great tips that will help you.

Prepare Your Studio the Night Before

Just like dieters who prepare their healthy meals and keep junk food far from them, airbrush artists can prepare for the next visit to their studio and keep the distractions and time-wasters far from their work area.

One way is to get their airbrush perfectly clean the night before and double-check that it is working properly. This way when you come into the studio, you are not wrestling with a dirty and non-working airbrush. Second, have your inks or paints organized and ready to go. So when you are sitting down to work, you are instantly painting.

Distractions, Distractions, Distractions

Remember the dieter? They kept junk food away from them so they don’t eat those super high caloric foods and distract them from the fruits and vegetables they need to eat. The same principle is for the studio. I love social media, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, but keep them turned off when you are sitting down to work. Those sites will distract you from your painting time. After you are done painting you will have lots of time to visit my YouTube channel. LOL

I hope this helps you. When you grow as an artist, we all grow too. Don’t forget and follow my videos and live streams, there you will get more great tips and be able to see my unique technique of painting in India Ink and airbrush on tinted paper. www.youtube.com/paintedglyphs333