How To Make A Living Painting

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How To Make A Living Painting: a blog about the process of how to become an artist.

Art can not be taught, but it can be learned by apprenticeship. I tell you what I have done and what I am doing with my art.

My name is Shawn Malone. I am a self-taught artist and painter. My work is primarily created in the artist movement of Fine Art Realism. As a realist artist, I paint from life. Also known as “Old Master Technique”.

I enjoy teaching others what I have learned about art, techniques for painting and other subjects related to the art world.

My blog has tips on how to make a living as an artist, which supplies to use in painting, marketing your art and more…


“How To Make A Living Painting: a blog about the process of how to become an artist”

I’m a painter and will be writing about my experiences as an artist, including tips on how to become one. I’ll also be posting some of my favorite art blogs and resources for painters.

I’ll be covering a lot of topics including: painting, art, art instruction, art careers, art websites, art blogs and much more.

I would love to hear your feedback and ideas for future posts. Feel free to leave a comment or email me at any time.

When I started my blog in 2007, I did not know about the challenges of art. I thought, it’s easy. So, I posted some of my painting and was shocked to see harsh criticism coming from all directions. It was a really big wake-up call for me.

I am still struggling with it everyday… but I hope to make a living painting someday.

Still, I keep posting my artwork and writing about the process because blogging has become such a big part of my life now.

The inspiration for this blog came after a long time of soul searching, trying to figure out if I wanted to pursue art as a career. I had no idea what steps to take or how to even begin. I had been making art for years and it was something that I truly enjoyed doing but had rarely considered it being a viable source of income. At the same time, I didn’t see my other options providing me with the same sense of fulfillment that art did. So, despite having no idea how to make a living doing this, I started this blog in pursuit of figuring out how to do just that.

Towards that end, I am documenting my progress as an artist and will be sharing my experience and knowledge about the process of becoming an artist. Topics I plan on covering include finding your style and refining it, marketing yourself as an artist, finding places to show your work, and how to get paid for your artwork.I hope that my experiences will help other aspiring artists achieve their goals!

I have always loved art. I have always loved to draw, ever since I was a little kid. I was the kid that would get into trouble in first grade for doodling all over my homework and the class notes. I had a great art teacher in high school that taught us how to draw from life and helped us develop our skills.

Towards the end of my senior year she told me I should consider becoming an artist as a career, but I had no idea how to do that. I was going to college for computer science. How could I become an artist?

Well through some research, talking with other artists and mentors, and experimenting on my own, here’s what I learned about how to make a living as an artist:

When you are growing up, it is hard to imagine that your passions will become your job. While you are in high school and college, the notion of actually making a living from what you love seems like a far-off dream. You tell yourself, “I just want to do this for fun” because you don’t realize that the things you love so much can evolve into something more.

But if you look closely at the biographies of most artists and writers and musicians, you will see what I mean: they spent years honing their craft, developing their skills as they continued to create art. They had moments of discouragement, but they kept on going; they were so passionate about their art that they were willing to take a chance and make it their career.

And now these artists have found ways to make that passion pay off. It’s not easy, but it is possible.

The art of arts is painting, sculpture and architecture. Without exaggeration, these three arts together are called fine arts.

Painting is the art that uses color and shape to create a picture. It is also known as visual art or representational art.

The definition of painting is fairly straightforward. The components of painting make it understandable by anyone within the sight range. A painter uses various tools to paint a picture on a canvas or any other surface.

Artist can get inspiration from anything they see in their life. Even though they may not know what they are creating, they create art because it can be interpreted by others as something else. Inspiration can come from anywhere like the sky, trees, birds or animals that we see every day. Any object you see has the potential to become a subject for an artist’s work.

A painter makes use of different kinds of media such as oil, acrylics, pastels, charcoal (pigments), ink, water color paints etc., to develop his/her own style of painting . Each medium has its own characteristics which makes it unique from others.

Painters take their paintings seriously and do not want them to get damaged easily because each painting tells a story which increases its value.*

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