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 season. 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, regardless of the overcast day and chilly temperatures relatively than sitting heat and comfortable in a espresso store, received me desirous about the advantages of getting a portray buddy.

Persevering with with this story, Mel even pushed us to do a second “quickie” portray although our fingers have 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 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 totally different ways in which having a portray buddy (or buddies) is efficacious. As artists, our lives will 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 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 really doing that! Setting a date to color collectively received us over the hump.

With a portray buddy, even for those who can’t really paint collectively, you’ll be able to problem one another to color on a sure day and promise to share progress. Realizing that your buddy is portray on the similar time is, in itself, motivating. And understanding you will want to point out one thing on the finish of the required day is a large motivation! 

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

You possibly can arrange this problem any approach you need. It might 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 centered and motivated!

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

Setting objectives and deadlines will be an efficient option to keep motivated and productive in your portray apply. However, as everyone knows, it may well generally be tough to carry your self accountable to these objectives. Some days you might not really feel like portray. Having a portray buddy can present accountability and help that you must keep on monitor. Realizing 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 have got somebody to speak to about your work and your concepts, you’ll be able to acquire a contemporary perspective by yourself inventive course of. Your portray buddy can develop into a sounding board for brand new concepts, and you’ll problem one another to strive 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’ll introduce you to new artists, methods, and subject material that you could be not have thought-about earlier than. Seeing their work and listening to about their experiences may also encourage you to strive new issues and push your individual boundaries.

Challenging each others ideas
Making an attempt new instructions

You may take into account collaborating together with your portray buddy. Doing this may 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 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 pink wine, it’s a deal with to debate the work/art work that stood out and why. Maybe you’ll be impressed to include some new concept into your subsequent piece or sequence. You’ll really feel energized and able to get portray!

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

Having a portray buddy means you have got somebody who understands the inventive course of and who can give you constructive suggestions. They might help you establish areas the place you’ll be able to enhance or level out methods you might take into account altering your strategy to your work.

This suggestions will be particularly useful for those who’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 provides contemporary eyes. They’ll act as a sounding board for brand new concepts which will be instrumental in serving to you’re taking your work to the subsequent 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 will be fraught with self-doubt and frustration, and having somebody to share your struggles with generally is a life saver! Your portray buddy will be there that will help you via inventive blocks or setbacks. They’ll give you encouragement once you’re feeling caught or unsure about your work. They’ll remind you of your successes and progress, and assist you keep centered in your objectives. 

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

4. Shared assets and information

You possibly can share assets and information with a portray buddy. This may embrace sharing supplies or instruments, or exchanging details about totally different methods or types or artists. For 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, resembling the place to search out some nice portray places, or the right way to cope with tough lighting situations. They may learn about an excellent artwork provide retailer or counsel a brand new instrument they advocate making an attempt. 

Your portray buddy may also have experience in a selected method or fashion that you just need to be taught extra about. By pooling your assets, you’ll be able to each profit and develop and be taught as artists. This is without doubt one of the most dear points 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 provides an opportunity to attach with different folks, particularly individuals who share your ardour for artwork. 

Moderately than feeling remoted, being a part of a group of artists whether or not in a pastel society or in an artwork membership like IGNITE!, means a chance 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 happening in the remainder of our lives. That’s what I imply by the social connection. HowToPastellers who’ve met within the HowToPastel group 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 quite a bit 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 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 laborious at work portray! I had a set-up to the fitting off digital camera

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

After which there are artwork memberships. I belong to some (sure, I want this connection too!) and run my very own IGNITE! Membership crammed 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 group of artists, you’ll additionally get the encouragement and inspiration that you must take your artwork to the subsequent 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, might help you develop as an artist and make all of the distinction in your life.

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

Till subsequent time!

~ Gail

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