The Magic Painting Hat, 6x6" oil, ©Diane Mannion
The Company of Artists
Every artist needs a painting friend! Artists need artists, whether for a weekly or monthly paint-together. Artists see things differently than... well... non-artists. Trading ideas, techniques, favorite contemporary or historical artists, inspiration... or just plain art-talk. Nobody understands artists like artists.
I look forward to painting with other artists, whatever level, there's always an energy field, a glow that lasts until the next time we paint together. So my best advice is to join painting groups, plein air groups, art centers, take courses and workshops even if you're a pro and know-it-all. Teach.
The studio can be a lonely place, although necessary... solitude reinforces focus. But if that's the artist's only working condition... it can lead to stagnation and boredom.
Listen to podcasts like Artists Helping Artists which has a tremendous archive. Even the sound and thoughts of artists talking can help invigorate your artistic soul. Play an artist's video or dvd while you're working, just to listen.
The artist wearing the magic hat in my painting is one of my favorite painting buddies! We've painted together for years and have traded secrets and knowledge back and forth. I owe her a lot, whether she knows it or not. I'm thankful for the company of artists.
The Magic Painting Hat is #6 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I'm also thankful for the company of over eight hundred artists around the world that are pushing their brushes along with me.