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

The climate was depressing and I definitely wouldn’t have been standing out within the chilly if Mel and I hadn’t agreed to color out collectively on today. 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 along with her. The truth that we had really ended up portray exterior, despite the overcast day and chilly temperatures quite than sitting heat and comfortable in a espresso store, acquired me fascinated by the advantages of getting a portray buddy.

Persevering with with this story, Mel even pushed us to do a second “quickie” portray though our fingers had been so chilly we may barely maintain our brush/pastel! Me? I used to be able to pack up and discover someplace toasty! However that’s the place the advantage of 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 totally 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 succeed in 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 below 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 really doing that! Setting a date to color collectively acquired us over the hump.

With a portray buddy, even in case you can’t really paint collectively, you may problem one another to color on a sure day and promise to share progress. Realizing that your buddy is portray on the identical time is, in itself, motivating. And understanding you will want to point out one thing on the finish of the desired day is a big motivation! 

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

You possibly can arrange this problem any means you need. It may very well be a promise to color every day for every 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 possibly, you meet one another on Tuesday mornings to color collectively (in particular person or on-line). Having a portray buddy helps you keep targeted 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 option to keep motivated and productive in your portray follow. However, as everyone knows, it will probably generally be troublesome to carry your self accountable to these targets. Some days it’s possible you’ll not really feel like portray. Having a portray buddy can present accountability and help it is advisable to keep on observe. Realizing that you’ve got somebody who’s relying on you to make progress generally is a highly effective motivator!

You could even determine 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 could have somebody to speak to about your work and your concepts, you may achieve a contemporary perspective by yourself inventive course of. Your portray buddy can develop into a sounding board for brand spanking new concepts, and you’ll problem one another to strive new strategies 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, strategies, and subject material that you could be not have thought-about earlier than. Seeing their work and listening to about their experiences may encourage you to strive new issues and push your personal boundaries.

Challenging each others ideas
Attempting new instructions

You may contemplate collaborating along with your portray buddy. Doing this could push you each creatively. And in case your portray buddy works in a unique 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 blended media artist, a weaver, and a basket maker!

Going to a museum or gallery with a portray buddy is a superb option to be impressed collectively. Afterwards, over a English Fog or a glass of purple 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 thought 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 could have somebody who understands the inventive course of and who can give you constructive suggestions. They may help you establish areas the place you may enhance or level out methods it’s possible you’ll contemplate altering your method to your work.

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

Along with suggestions, having a portray buddy can give you emotional help once 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 will help you by means of inventive blocks or setbacks. They will give you encouragement once you’re feeling caught or unsure about your work. They will remind you of your successes and progress, and provide help to keep targeted in your targets. 

This emotional help might be particularly necessary in case you’re a solo artist who works alone more often than not. Having a portray buddy may help you are feeling extra related to the creative neighborhood, and remind you that you simply’re not alone in your creative struggles.

4. Shared assets and information

You possibly can share assets and information with a portray buddy. This could embody sharing supplies or instruments, or exchanging details about totally different strategies 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 study from one another’s experiences, akin to the place to search out some nice portray areas, or learn how to take care of troublesome lighting circumstances. They could learn about an ideal artwork provide retailer or counsel a brand new instrument they advocate attempting. 

Your portray buddy may additionally have experience in a specific approach or type that you simply need to study extra about. By pooling your assets, you may each profit and develop and study as artists. This is among the most respected facets of being a part of an art membership!

Pastels in an art store
5. Social connection

Being an artist is normally a solitary pursuit. Having a portray buddy or plenty of portray buds presents an opportunity to attach with different folks, particularly individuals who share your ardour for artwork. 

Somewhat 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 based mostly 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 learn 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 frequently test 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 onerous at work portray! I had a set-up to the correct 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 exhibits to enter!), and related. 

After which there are artwork memberships. I belong to a few (sure, I want this connection too!) and run my very own IGNITE! Membership stuffed with heat and great folks! 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 is advisable 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 buddy), having somebody to share your work with, may help you develop as an artist and make all of the distinction in your life.

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

Till subsequent time!

~ Gail

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