Painting is a great hobby. There are many people that aspire to become great painters, but few ever really get there. It takes a lot of time, dedication, and practice to get even close to becoming great; but the best news is that it’s not impossible–even for someone who was not inherently blessed with painting skills. Painting is definitely a skill that can be learned, honed, and mastered through time and efforts. There are many ways you can become a better painter, and here are some tips you can implement to help you improve your skills in painting regardless of what level you may be in currently.
1. Study art
You never know what you can become unless you are aware of what’s been done before. A true artist knows his art and those that have come before. Studying art and paintings is a great way for you to introduce yourself to new skills and to improve on the skills that you might already have started to work on. You can easily compare your work to the works of the greats before you and see what you might’ve done correctly and what you might’ve done wrong with your technique.
2. Imitate the greats
Have you ever heard of the saying “fake it until you make it?” That’s essentially the basic idea behind imitating the greats. This will help you improve your technique through the process of perfection. You can pick an artist whose style you’d like to emulate. Copy a piece of work until you’ve mastered it. In that process, you’ll also be honing your skills towards perfection. Once you’re done with one piece of work, you can move on to the next.
3. Practice a lot
You can’t become a skillful painter if you don’t paint enough. One of the most basic ways to improve your skills is to just keep on painting. Paint until you can’t paint anymore. Practicing your painting might mean doing it any free chance you get. The more you practice, the better your hands and eyes will be in depicting the lines and shapes that you want to depict. There are no replacements to not practicing. If you don’t practice, you won’t get any better. It’s as simple as that.
4. Try other medium
It’s great to experiment with other types of paint because it’ll give you a perspective about your primary medium that you wouldn’t have otherwise. If you’re primarily a watercolor painter, try using acrylics once in a while. Better yet, experiment with oil to see how differently you can play with textures and light and so on. There are so many things you can learn just by switching it up from time to time. It can also give you a bit of inspiration to continue working on your chosen medium. If you’re up for the challenge, why not do mix media projects for a change. There are no rules on a canvas; only your imagination sets the boundaries.