- Practice. No one ever achieves true perfection. That would make life dull. Practice your skills knowing that each chisel mark, each brush stroke, each line leads to your growth as an artist.
- Experiment. Try a different medium, a different size, or a different subject. Take chances, learn from your mistakes, and build on your successes.
- Listen to the critics. While we all need cheerleaders, we learn from those who disagree with us. This is why it’s good to escape from your safe circle of artist-friends every so often. If someone says they don’t like something in your work, ask why. Ask what you could do differently. That doesn’t mean you’re going to change directions. It just means that you learn to see your art from another’s eyes.
- Read. Read about art. If you have favorite artists, study their careers in depth to see how they achieved their success. Read about your materials and discover how to make the most of them as you make them your own.
- Look at a lot of art. Look at it again. Spend time with it and figure out why you like what you do. (Tune into the Art Marketing Action newsletter tomorrow when I show you how to pick apart an exhibition.)
How do you improve on your art?