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Celebrate other artists

Adebanji Alade points out that enjoying other artists’ work has a tremendous effect on your life as a creative person

ADEBANJI'S MOTIVATIONAL TIPS:12 OF 13

Some of you might be wondering what this month’s topic has to do with being motivated as an artist. If you are always picking faults with other painters’ pieces and the first to make derogatory comments about other people’s work, you’ll never feel good on the inside about what you do! Like begets like, and only hurt people hurt other people. Every time you open your mouth to bring down another artist, it shows how far down you are! So if this is you, be honest with yourself and evaluate why you do it. It could well be something deeper within, some vulnerability that you have to admit to before you can change. My first advice is simple: if you haven’t got something good or constructive to say about another artist’s work, then simply close your mouth! I’m not saying you should flatter or deceive, but no one ever truly helped anyone by hurting them. Creatives are sensitive people and it takes tact and wisdom to encourage without being patronising or flattering.

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Welcome to our November issue in which our highly talented, experienced artist-tutors challenge you to re-think your approach to complementary colours in watercolour, draw a sight-size self-portrait, capture an autumnal scene in watercolour, dramatise your skies, try graphite techniques, use negative spaces to your advantage, paint a light-filled interior in impressionistic style and master perspective for successful coastal scenes. And that's just for starters! Artist-judge in BBC1's The Big Painting Challenge, Lachlan Goudie, shares his experiences of painting Scotland's shipyards ahead of his forthcoming exhibition, Nick Poullis offers tips on setting up your own gallery, Julie Collins advises on colour choices for yellow, Michele Del Campo test reports Winsor & Newton's Artists' Oil Colours, including his top tips for oils painters, and Peter Burgess takes a practical look at materials for painting and how best to store them. Enjoy another inspirational issue packed with ideas and advice for all artists!
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