In every endeavor that we pursue and follow, there are rules and limitations involved. Such rules and limitations serve as guidelines and set the standards for uniformity and conformity. These are accepted regulations and procedures for observance and consistency with the desired outcome and objectives of a certain work. Definite rules and regulation also apply in the field of arts.

Painting is a mode of expression and an avenue where we express our feelings and emotions through colors and vision. Painting involves a lot of work and requires more than the desire to draw and create a picture. Just like any undertaking, painting demands hard work and a creative mind. Great painters go beyond what they plainly see. They paint from the heart and they paint with great enthusiasm and vigor.

We can casually say that anybody can paint or can be a painter. We can use a simple subject and medium for all that we want. However, real painting does not work like that. We just need to look beyond just the simple and plain desire to paint if we really consider and bear in mind the rules involved in painting. These rules will ultimately determine if a piece of artwork is indeed a masterpiece.

Modern painting rules may vary from its content and scope. Nevertheless, the modern rules in painting may be classified into simple and easy standards for better comprehension and absorption.

First, a piece of artwork does not necessarily need a signature at the bottom or corner of it. A signature can lead to more sales or it may be the other way around. It is not part of the artwork.

Second, success is not based on sales. Even if your artwork sells like hotcakes, it does not automatically tag you as being successful in the field of arts.

Third, it is important that your artwork should be appreciated and praised in the right manner. Beauty, content, and depth should be viewed in its proper dimension.

Fourth, be as skillful as you are and not show as trying too hard. Don’t brag about being a professional in this field. Instead, act like an expert and show mastery of your craft.

Fifth, it is safe to break the Rule of Thirds so as to deviate from getting a predictable work of art. It is good to experiment and shake things off from time to time.

Sixth, be assertive in your piece.  Do not let competition rob you of the joy of painting. Don’t let it ruin your passion and sense of purpose.

Seventh, use the best materials that you can afford. Never settle for anything less when it comes to creating your own masterpiece.

Eight, be realistic and sensible. Allow yourself to work on your piece without any rush and be sensitive to possible challenges as you go along.

When you focus on certain standards, you are actually abiding rules that are set within your field of interest. Necessary as it may seem, it is but natural to observe such regulations in order to produce a work that is worth your effort and time.

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