TIP 10 – START AN ART BOOK COLLECTION
Hodges and Figgis and Chapters bookstore in Dublin have great selections of art books. Chapters also have a good secondhand art section upstairs.
Online, I use Book Depository which has free delivery and uses An Post. For books that are very hard to find, I use – AbeBooks.
Antonia’s Bookstore in Trim, Co. Meath will also source art books for you and have them delivered to your doorstep.
Below is a sample of some of the art books I keep in the upstairs studio.
So, that concludes some of my top tips on ideas of what to paint.
You could also try seeking out workshops and youtube videos where different media are taught such as watercolour, guache, oils, mixed media, encaustic painting, collage, acrylic and even ceramics.
To get you going, try and paint a few landscapes, seascapes, a portrait or two or set up a still life with dramatic lighting and see what you come up with.
You could also try a painting from memory or repainting over an old painting which was probably the best tip I ever learned.
Remember to keep the artwork that you make. Put it up in places where you have a cuppa and look at them, turn them upside down or the wrong way around to see where you might be going wrong or why it doesn’t meet the standard you have set yourself.
Finally, start noticing which paintings you like – ones that tell a story (narrative) or ones that make you feel (expressive). This will give you an early indication of what type of artist you will become in the future.
In our next blog, we will be looking at prehistoric art and who it influenced….