My name is Ralph Serpe and I am webmaster and founder of the Art Instruction Blog. That’s me and my wife Pauline pictured on the left.
This site was originally created as a companion to another site of ours, CreativeSpotlite.com, but has since taken on a life of its own. This sites main objective is to provide art instruction and other great resources for visual artists.
We are regularly adding fresh content to this site. We offer free lessons on a variety of different mediums including oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, drawing and more. We also regularly feature artists in our section entitled “Artist Spotlight” as well as one on one interviews with professional Artist’s.
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To become an accomplished artist is just like anything else in life. It requires the correct mindset and the willingness to succeed.
First and foremost, you need to have the desire to learn and grow. Without the desire to learn and grow, your interest will fade over time. You will definitely make mistakes and progress may not happen as quickly as you originally anticipated. If you lack the desire to continue and learn from those mistakes, you will not see much in the way of progress. I can attest to this. When I first began oil painting I recall how terrible my first paintings were. I had no experience mixing or matching colors. I did not understand that mixing colors is a science all in itself. I would either mix too many colors, or mix the wrong colors, and my mixtures came out terrible. I did become quite frustrated, and eventually discouraged, until I finally stopped for a while. It wasn’t until I took a trip to The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, that I realized just how badly I wanted to paint. I became inspired and my desire to paint was ignited once again. So make certain that you always stay inspired to create. Surround yourself with creativity. Talk to other artists. Look at other artwork, etc.
LEARN & PRACTICE
Once you have found the desire to embark on your artistic journey, you will obviously need to learn and practice. You will need the right resources and teachers to guide you in the right direction. Everyone is different and your way of learning anything new can differ from another persons learning methods. Some people learn better by watching others. If this is the case, purchase some quality art instruction videos or DVD’s. Watch them once or twice first before you participate. This will make the experience much more enjoyable and easier to follow once you are ready to join in. There are a number of well made and resourceful art instruction videos and DVDs on the market today. Perhaps you prefer to learn in a group or classroom setting with an instructor. Do a search for beginner workshops in your area and join a few. The benefit of the classroom setting is the instant feedback you receive on your work. You also have other students and an instructor there to answer any questions that you may have. There are workshops available on virtually everything from painting to crafts, so you should be able to find something in your area or online. Maybe you prefer to read books and learn on your own, at your own pace. This is the way I started learning. I have a nice little library now of great art instruction books that I am constantly re-visiting.