Painting Tips

The Best Artist Resource

September 5, 2017

Have you ever felt like the reason you’re not there yet, is because you don’t have the right tools? I dealt with this struggle for the first two years I took up painting. The reason I wasn’t good at painting, was because I didn’t have fine art oils. And the reason I couldn’t start my YouTube channel yet, was because my art studio wasn’t finished. Well today I want to speak about the only artist resource you need.

The Truth

Of course, these were not the reasons. But in a mind that is overwhelmed by the success of others and feeling like there was no point trying, they come as pretty good excuses. Social media has helped me so much in my journey as an artist. I have numerous sources of inspiration, reference & connections. But along with that, comes seeing everybody’s ‘best side’ all the time. When you scroll through your instagram, you see the most amazing parts of people’s lives. Their beautiful home, their perfect children, their best artwork, a dreamy studio….and the list goes on. What we easily forget, is that just because nobody broadcasts their problems, doesn’t mean they don’t have any.

(All this is probably coming from my own insecurities, and you might be like…’what is this girl on about?!’ So I apologise if my ramblings make no sense.)

This commercial system is designed to make us always want more. I have found that my ‘wish-list’ never expires, because there is always something new to put on it. What I wish I had realised sooner, is that no matter what you own, it will never make you a better artist. Even if a you believe a beautiful big studio with dreamy windows, or stacks of art supplies will help. The matter of the fact is, our artwork is dependant on our passion, our work ethic and drive.

The best artist resource is yourself! Please never let the feeling of not having enough, stop you from making art. Because your incredible brain is all you need <3 x

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  • Reply Larry Maule Jr. September 5, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Katie. Your words are true and encouraging. I admire artists like you. You are a naturally gifted artist. Clearly, you are a kind and thoughtful person as well.

  • Reply Chavvah September 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I totally get what your talking about. I used to think the same way until i trained my brain to focus on the things I already own and I eventually had no need to buy everything that my fav artists had! !can always relate to these ‘ artist problems’!

    • Reply Katie Jobling September 28, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Yes wow that’s amazing! Thanks for sharing your experiences with this 🙂

  • Reply Tamara September 6, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Words of wisdom! I always have to remind myself that I don’t need ‘this’ or ‘that’ to practice art and to improve. I just need to show up. But I am always tempted by all the pretty colours!

    • Reply Katie Jobling September 28, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Haha I know what you mean about the pretty colours! 🙂

  • Reply Tim September 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Very practical and wise words Katie. Your humility and honesty are a credit to you. Some of the most incredible art is born from some of the strongest emotions! The story of a little African boy who made amazing carving out of driftwood with a broken penknife sharpened on concrete, has always inspired me! I love your blogs.

    • Reply Katie Jobling September 28, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Aww thank you so much!! And yes totally agree about the emotions thing 🙂

  • Reply Jacqueline September 7, 2017 at 2:28 am

    As a beginning artist it is so amazing to hear this, and so true. It’s hard to compare my tools, progress and studio with others. So most of the time I really try not too! But this was a great post and worth the reminder !

  • Reply MJ Kate Blascovich September 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you, Katie. Your coffee painting is beautiful and inspirational. I am a VERY, VERY new budding artist. I’m too scared to begin a project, because I may fail. I have all the paints, brushes, etc. I have no training, except from online classes and some drawings I did decades ago (minimal). I also don’t know where to begin. Seeing you paint today’s portrait, was amazing. I never would have started with her hair. How does one know where to begin? Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Reply Katie Jobling September 28, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Aww thank you so much for your lovely support. Try not to worry so much about things, and get stuck in. Sometimes ‘going for it’ gives you confidence. I usually begin with the area that needs most layers or the bit I’m most excited about painting. Not sure whtther that’s ‘good practice’ or not. 🙂

  • Reply Jessica September 18, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Gorgeous portrait! And very sound advice.

  • Reply Monika October 9, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Love your kind and truthfull words, I was totally the same way. Always planning what i need to buy to make my painting better instead of really painting. I’ve made a decision to paint every day at least a little sketch. It’s been three weeks already and I’ ve had only two days break. The best is I can see the progress and I forgot about buying new stuff thank you so much for being so inspiring. Love your work

  • Reply Nicola October 29, 2017 at 7:15 am

    This is soo true. I have definitely fallen into this trap before. I have so many art supplies in all mediums. I have a room to create in. And yet I can count on my hands the amount of finished pieces I have made. I am always organising or rearranging the supplies I have instead of actually sitting down and using them.
    It is an avoidance tactic as I know what I create won’t be what I envision in my head and will end in disappointment. But I also know that without sitting down and making those bad paintings I will never improve to be able to paint the good ones that are yet to come. Therefore like many new artists I am trapped in a vicious circle of self doubt.

  • Reply Deborah Anne January 9, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Wow I just read “The Truth’ you posted. I absolutely love it!!!!
    I had just sent you a comment earlier and this is exactly how I feel, you’re absolutely 100 percent right :)!!!!!!!
    Nicola, said it right, ‘Avoidance tactic’. That’s the cycle I lived in but I’m letting go. Nice to know I am NOT the only one who struggles like that.

    Let’s all just go for it !!!!!

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