04 September, 2010

Monday Art Tip Intro

After blogging for coming up to four years now, I feel like I'm (finally) getting into some sort of rhythm. So to give a little back, and keep up the momentum I'm starting a Monday's Art Tip feature.

I didn't realise that I had quite so much to say about art, and painting in particular, until recently when a new friend asked for a few tips. Poor thing, she may have drowned under the avalanche. But the red wine that continued flowing seemed to keep her silent, and (perhaps as she got progressively tipsier) she kept asking for more.

Some of the tips are little things, and others are more important. And I'm certainly not a guru, and I haven't actually studied art at uni or anything, I'm simply a working artist. If you're already a painter, they won't all be new, but maybe they'll be a handy prompt. My medium of choice is usually acrylics (they dry quickly and I've got four kids - see the correlation?) and I do some work with gouache on paper. 

I'm hoping that some of these tips will not only help people who actually paint, but they'll also educate those of you who may buy art (something I recommend to everyone!). Many of them are things my mother has taught me (she's a VERY good artist), but all are from my personal experience. I've made STACKS of mistakes, but I can definitely see the improvement in my art over the past 10 years.

So please, come back Monday for Tip One!


  1. Oh Anna, this sounds great! I can't wait to read your Monday tips.
    Allison xx

  2. Yes, I'm excited! :)

  3. anything you have to say is worth listening to dear Anna!

  4. Can't wait for this!

  5. What a fantastic idea. I won't miss it. x


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