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7 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Watercolor Artist

If you're an aspiring watercolour artist, you may find yourself on a journey that is both exciting and challenging.

Creating beautiful watercolour paintings takes time, patience, and dedication.

Before I delve into the world of watercolour painting, I want to share with you seven crucial lessons I've learned along the way. These insights have shaped my artistic path and helped me grow as a watercolour artist.

#1 - Painting is a Skill, Not Just Talent

When I first started my artistic journey, I used to believe that painting was all about innate talent. I thought that if I didn't have a natural gift for it, I wouldn't succeed.

However, over the years, I've come to realize that painting is a skill that can be honed and perfected through practice and dedication.

Talent is not a prerequisite, and every artist starts somewhere. In my case, it all began on September 15, 2017, when I stepped into an art school to get a formal education in drawing and painting.

The first lesson I learned was that practice makes perfect. It took me five years to progress from drawing a simple cube to creating more intricate and detailed pieces. So, remember, it's not about talent; it's about consistent practice and passion.

#2 - Art Requires Time and Patience

Creating art is not a quick endeavour. Whether it's a painting or a drawing, it demands time and undivided attention. In a world where social media often showcases the illusion of quick art transformations, the reality is quite different.

Some artworks may take several hours to complete, and more detailed pieces require even more time.

So, if you're embarking on a watercolour painting journey, be prepared to invest your time and energy.

"Painting, it's not about talent; it's about consistent practice and passion."

#3 - Don't Seek Validation

One crucial lesson I've learned is to stop seeking validation from others. It's easy to fall into the trap of asking: "Do you like my art?"

This constant need for approval can be detrimental to your artistic growth.

Instead, focus on creating art for yourself and not for others' opinions.

Constructive feedback from a trusted art teacher is valuable for improving your technique, but seeking likes and praise on social media can feed your ego and lead to self-doubt.

Your art should reflect your feelings and emotions, not the need for external validation.

#4 - The Right Tools Matter

While fancy art materials may seem exciting, as a beginner, you don't need them to start your watercolour journey. Quality basics, such as good pencils and a set of watercolours, are sufficient. I still use the first set of watercolours and brushes I ever bought.

However, it's essential to use the right tools for the right technique. Using the wrong materials can lead to frustration and a belief that you lack talent. Invest in good paper for sketching and watercolour paper for watercolour painting, and keep your tools well-maintained for optimal results.

#5 - Avoid Comparisons

Comparing yourself to other artists can be discouraging. There will always be someone better or worse than you, and each artist progresses at their own pace. Instead of dwelling on comparisons, focus on your uniqueness and track your progress by comparing your recent work with your earlier pieces.

#6 - Start with Fundamentals

Building your skills in art is like building a house; it should start from the foundation. Instead of diving straight into complex subjects like portraits, begin with fundamentals. Learn about shapes, perspective, volumes, colours, and the interplay of light and shadows. A strong understanding of these basics will pave the way for more advanced artistic endeavours.

#7 - Take Live Classes

While online tutorials and videos can be helpful, there's no substitute for live classes with experienced art teachers. These classes provide you with immediate feedback, guidance, and the opportunity to ask questions.

Learning from professionals in a classroom setting can accelerate your growth as a watercolour artist.

My journey as a watercolour artist has been a rewarding one, filled with challenges and valuable lessons. Remember that painting is a skill that can be developed with dedication, and success in the world of watercolour requires time, practice, and the right mindset.

So, embrace the process, be patient, and continue exploring your unique artistic path. Happy painting!



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