If you're just starting out, it can be challenging picking out paintbrushes, if not outright overwhelming! But fear not! Once you’ve started to paint regularly, you will begin to gain a familiarity with the types of brushes that work best for the type of mood or effect you are trying to create. You will see that some brushes work better for detail work, while others work better for applying paint to a much larger area of the canvas.
Painters and chefs have more in common than you might think. Both of them, at the core, are artists – they experiment with different colors, pairings, textures and surfaces to express themselves in unique ways. And, just as a wonderful dish from an accomplished chef can feed both the mind and body, so can a wonderful painting. Yes, art can literally feed the soul!
As a painter, you might assume that you’re limited in your artistic options – there’s canvas and paper, but what else is there? Fortunately, the list of items that you can paint on is almost unlimited. You can paint on many things – including wood, fabric, metal, glass and just about any smooth object. In fact, if you go to a major art exhibition, you’ll be surprised at how some of the world’s most famous painters have often experimented with some of the most unconventional surfaces.
Going to the hospital for surgery or even visiting someone who is suffering from illness can be a very sad experience. Having to look at sterile white walls in rooms and wander through freezing cold corridors, it's no wonder many patients feel a sense of hopelessness, as if they are trapped within an institution with no way out. As a result, more hospitals than ever before are using local artist work to help give patients a sense of optimism, vitality and energy.
One of the most important decisions that you’ll have to make as an artist is the type of paint that you want to use to create your next masterpiece. The two basic choices are acrylic and oil paint. While both of them have their advantages, acrylic is the clear winner, especially if you have an interest in creating abstract art with vibrant colors and unique textures.