A Portray Buddy – Why Each Artist Wants At Least One!

The climate was depressing and I actually wouldn’t have been standing out within the chilly if Mel and I hadn’t agreed to color out collectively on this present day. We needed to brush up on our portray en plein air abilities as we each put together to show this summer time. So I’d made a particular journey to Salt Spring Island to color together with her. The truth that we had truly ended up portray exterior, despite the overcast day and chilly temperatures quite than sitting heat and comfy in a espresso store, received me eager about the advantages of getting a portray buddy.

Persevering with with this story, Mel even pushed us to do a second “quickie” portray regardless that our fingers had been so chilly we might barely maintain our brush/pastel! Me? I used to be able to pack up and discover someplace toasty! However that’s the place the good thing about a portray buddy is available in – her suggestion (virtually a problem!) made a second portray occur!! (You possibly can examine our expertise right here.)

I began pondering of all of the completely different ways in which having a portray buddy (or buddies) is effective. As artists, our lives might be fairly solitary and I do suppose that it helps us and our work enormously to have a number of portray buddies to achieve out to and spend time with.

Painting on location with a painting buddy . Photo by Pascal Bernardon at unsplash
Portray on location with a portray buddy.

Listed here are 5 advantages to having a portray buddy (or two!)

1. Motivation

This profit is fairly apparent when you think about my expertise with Mel. We each needed to get exterior and paint however we each had a tough time truly doing that! Setting a date to color collectively received us over the hump.

With a portray buddy, even should you can’t truly paint collectively, you may problem one another to color on a sure day and promise to share progress. Understanding that your buddy is portray on the similar time is, in itself, motivating. And realizing you have to to point out one thing on the finish of the desired day is a large motivation! 

Doing this, you will make important progress in your artwork. 

You possibly can arrange this problem any approach you need. It could possibly be a promise to color every day for per week, by yourself, and checking in with one another on the finish of every day. Or maybe it’s the dedication to have a portray completed on the finish of every month. Or perhaps, you meet one another on Tuesday mornings to color collectively (in particular person or on-line). Having a portray buddy helps you keep centered and motivated!

A painting buddy (or two!) - three women out to paint together
Heading out to color collectively

Setting targets and deadlines might be an efficient technique to keep motivated and productive in your portray follow. However, as everyone knows, it may possibly typically be tough to carry your self accountable to these targets. Some days you could not really feel like portray. Having a portray buddy can present accountability and help it’s worthwhile to keep on monitor. Understanding that you’ve somebody who’s relying on you to make progress generally is a highly effective motivator!

Chances are you’ll even resolve to have a present collectively! 

2. Inspiration

The most effective issues about having a portray buddy is having somebody who shares your ardour for artwork. When you might have somebody to speak to about your work and your concepts, you may acquire a recent perspective by yourself inventive course of. Your portray buddy can turn into a sounding board for brand spanking new concepts, and you may problem one another to attempt new methods and types.

We all know it’s straightforward to fall right into a inventive rut. A portray buddy can brainstorm concepts with you to assist get away of that rut. They will introduce you to new artists, methods, and material that you could be not have thought-about earlier than. Seeing their work and listening to about their experiences may encourage you to attempt new issues and push your personal boundaries.

Challenging each others ideas
Attempting new instructions

You would possibly think about collaborating together with your portray buddy. Doing this could push you each creatively. And in case your portray buddy works in a special medium from you, even higher. The cross-pollination can generate thrilling new work! This occurs with me and my Playgroup gals – we’re a painter, a combined media artist, a weaver, and a basket maker!

Going to a museum or gallery with a portray buddy is an excellent technique to be impressed collectively. Afterwards, over a English Fog or a glass of crimson wine, it’s a deal with to debate the work/paintings that stood out and why. Maybe you’ll be impressed to include some new concept into your subsequent piece or collection. You’ll really feel energized and able to get portray!

With a Painting buddy in an art gallery
3. Help and encouragement

Having a portray buddy means you might have somebody who understands the inventive course of and who can give you constructive suggestions. They will help you determine areas the place you may enhance or level out methods you could think about altering your method to your work.

This suggestions might be particularly useful should you’ve been engaged on a portray for some time and have turn into too near the work to have the ability to see its flaws objectively. Your portray buddy gives recent eyes. They will act as a sounding board for brand spanking new concepts which might be instrumental in serving to you’re taking your work to the following degree.

Along with suggestions, having a portray buddy can give you emotional help if you want it most. 

Emotional support from a painting buddy
Emotional help from a portray buddy!

The inventive course of might be fraught with self-doubt and frustration, and having somebody to share your struggles with generally is a life saver! Your portray buddy might be there that can assist you by way of inventive blocks or setbacks. They will give you encouragement if you’re feeling caught or unsure about your work. They will remind you of your successes and progress, and allow you to keep centered in your targets. 

This emotional help might be particularly vital should you’re a solo artist who works alone more often than not. Having a portray buddy will help you are feeling extra related to the inventive neighborhood, and remind you that you just’re not alone in your inventive struggles.

4. Shared sources and information

You possibly can share sources and information with a portray buddy. This may embody sharing supplies or instruments, or exchanging details about completely different methods or types or artists. As an example, I like sharing helpful and inspirational YouTube movies I’ve come throughout. 

Sharing cool YouTube videos

You may as well be taught from one another’s experiences, akin to the place to search out some nice portray places, or the way to take care of tough lighting circumstances. They could find out about an excellent artwork provide retailer or recommend a brand new software they suggest attempting. 

Your portray buddy may additionally have experience in a selected approach or model that you just need to be taught extra about. By pooling your sources, you may each profit and develop and be taught as artists. This is among the most useful elements of being a part of an art membership!

Pastels in an art store
5. Social connection

Being an artist is often a solitary pursuit. Having a portray buddy or numerous portray buds gives an opportunity to attach with different individuals, particularly individuals who share your ardour for artwork. 

Slightly than feeling remoted, being a part of a neighborhood of artists whether or not in a pastel society or in an artwork membership like IGNITE!, means a possibility to construct friendships primarily based in your shared love of artwork, and create a way of belonging with different painters. 

I discover that spending time with my portray buddies means we transcend our artwork lives and share what’s occurring in the remainder of our lives. That’s what I imply by the social connection. HowToPastellers who’ve met within the HowToPastel neighborhood have gone on to forge friendships within the bodily world. They’ve meet ups and find out about every others grandchildren or a brand new pet that’s come into their lives. The identical is true of the members of IGNITE! It warms my coronary heart to see these connections being made!

Four painting buddies

I work loads by myself – each in my studio and creating content material for this weblog and in addition tutorials and demos and extra for my art-membership. I’m pleased with my very own firm. And but, after I meet up with a portray buddy like Mel or with my Playgroup (made up of 4 ladies visible artists), my life is enriched and enlivened by these encounters.

My Mum can be one other portray buddy. We’ve painted on location collectively and inside the home collectively. We regularly examine in on what every of us is portray, getting and giving the occasional suggestions, sending inspirational artwork to one another because it comes throughout our digital screens.  

Mum - my painting buddy. Painting inside with me copy
Mum arduous at work portray! I had a set-up to the appropriate off digital camera

I’m additionally a member of a few pastels societies and that’s an effective way to be impressed, motivated (there are reveals to enter!), and related. 

After which there are artwork memberships. I belong to some (sure, I would like this connection too!) and run my very own IGNITE! Membership stuffed with heat and fantastic individuals! The most effective issues about being a part of an artwork membership is the chance to attach with different artists and discover a portray buddy. With a supportive neighborhood of artists, you’ll additionally get the encouragement and inspiration it’s worthwhile to take your artwork to the following degree.

Whether or not you’re simply beginning out or have been portray for years, having a portray buddy (aka an artwork pal), having somebody to share your work with, will help you develop as an artist and make all of the distinction in your life.

So inform me, do you might have a portray buddy?

Till subsequent time!

~ Gail

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