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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7 Comments

  • 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 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 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 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 Jessica September 18, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Gorgeous portrait! And very sound advice.

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