“Oh my sister was born with the artistic talent, not me”
I hear this a lot from people who think they just can’t make art because they weren’t “born with it”. My response to the above statement was “I bet your sister spent a lot of time practicing to get really good at creating art, didn’t she?” of course the response was yes! If you want to be good at something and you try really hard and practice all the time, you are bound to improve!
practice, practice and practice some more!
If you want to be a better artist, practice as much as you can! If you need accountability, join a class. Think of a classroom like a gym. You pay a fee and because you are paying for it, you will do the thing you are there to do. By creating art as much as you can and as often as you can, you WILL improve your skills. Not to mention what you will learn from instructors in a creative environment.
some people understand how to make art and others need clarification to understand
Some people have an easier understanding of art and how to create it. If I am teaching someone to paint and tell them they need more contrast and value changes, and they understand that, they will be able to follow my directions and improve their piece. If a student doesn’t ask for me to explain further because they don’t understand what that means, they might not get what I was trying to say. It doesn’t mean one person is “gifted”, they just might understand things differently than someone else. We all learn differently.
Don’t get discouraged, we all need to start somewhere!
Creating art is a lot harder if you aren’t in the right mindset. So don’t be so hard on yourself if everything isn’t a masterpiece. That’s what sketchbooks are for! Warm up sketches, gesture drawings and mock ups are all part of the process of creating art. Sometimes it takes 20 sketches to get the right composition down, and that’s just part of the process.
You can always recreate a piece of art once your skill level is up, like Krystlesaurus did above. Stay positive and know if you keep your chin up and keep creating, you’ll eventually get to where you want to be as an artist.
So, you’ve made a piece of art and want to show it off, now what? When just starting out, many artists don’t know how to go about getting their work into an art show. You are not alone, we have all been there!
Call to artists
The thing you are looking for is a Call to Artists. Vancouver Art Space has a tab at the top of our website to direct you to all of the upcoming art shows we will have. Click here to be taken to our Call to Artists page. You can type this in your search engine to find some. Entry Thingy is a site that many curators use to post their Calls, we use it on our site.
I applied, how should I prepare my work?
Make sure to read through the directions that the curator has put on the Call. It’s very important to make sure you have a safe way to hang your work in the gallery space. The above photo shows a proper way to wire a framed canvas piece. You want to make sure your artwork will hang safely and not fall down and damage your piece. We also suggest you label the back of the piece with your information just to be safe.
Works on paper or photographic prints should be matted and behind glass. NEVER send a loose sheet of paper to an art show. It’s good to take a picture of your piece before you put it behind glass so you have a clear image without glare to email off for the Call and also for your personal files. The above image is by artist Barbara Sheehan and has a double mat board.
Package your art well if you are shipping
It’s good to invest in proper shipping boxes for your pieces. If your art is not packaged correctly, it could be damaged in transit and not only get ruined, but will not arrive able to be put in the show. You can get very nice shipping boxes and include a return shipping label for it to be returned to you. Even if your piece sells, you will have your box back so you can use it to ship out more art for more shows.
Most importantly, read all of the directions for the Call. Not all curators will run their shows the same and you don’t want to miss something and get left out of the show. VAS is working on an Artists 4 Artists series here at Vancouver Art Space so that we can give more info on how to be a professional artist. We hope this has been helpful!
We are all experiencing rough times in the 2020 Pandemic, independent artists included. Artists make much of their income from art shows and conventions, many that have been canceled this year. Fotunentaly, there are still things you can do to support an artist that don’t require money. It’s true!
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Social Media platforms help small artists get exposure to potential customers, so how you interact on these platforms can actually help them out. Leaving positive comments is one of those things that you can do for FREE. Instagram notices when you engage with an artist and will show you more of their content. Have you noticed seeing a post multiple times because it’s popular? Now you know why!
Clicking the like button
Tap that “LIKE” button! This shows the social media algorithms that people are interacting with your posts. Comment’s and “likes” can also boost the post and move it up on people’s timelines so that it gains more views. Basically, the more you interact with your artist’s posts, the better chances are that other people will see those posts too. You can help your favorite artists get popular online by doing these little things.
Tell your friends about artists by sharing their work. Most social media sites make it very easy to reshare a post. You can also go to an artists website and copy and paste the site to your Facebook page to share. You can help an artists audience grow by simply sharing their art with others. Sharing is caring!
We’d like to share the sites of the artists featured in this blog! They have all taught here at Vancouver Art Space and are lovely humans and awesome artists.
We weren’t sure if we could have Mixed Media Wednesdays while keeping safe with the pandemic, but we found a way! We are requiring washed hands and masked faces for this fun event, that way everything stays clean and we can also make art together!
Mixed media is simply using more than one medium. So using paint, stamps, ink and collage on one piece would be a mixed media piece. The image above is from an art journal one of our members has made.
An art journal is a journal, but instead of just words, it also has art! Sometimes there are no words at all, just pages of fun experiments, art, sketches and fun.Click HERE to check out more info on our Mixed Media Wednesdays! We’d love to get creative with you!
We hope you liked our first post! We will be posting more on here to get you excited about art.