The secret of successful painting is the painter himself. The drivers of success are inspiration, creativity, patience, endurance, intellectual prowess, resiliency, and craftsmanship. These are just among the many attributes of a successful artist.

The painter takes from his interior self the inspiration and passion to do his craft, and as an artist, put to life his dreams and aspirations in a canvass to be known and shared to all viewers and lovers of art. What the clay is to the potter, the art is to the painter. The manner of creating something may vary but the same passion may be shared.

Successful painters had their experiences of rejection and losses, good reviews and gains, failures and successes. Their trump card is resilience and endurance. Many art pieces may get shoved to storage and oblivion but the memory of hard work and passion will always be treasured by the artist. He is his own critic and endorser of his own work and the expression of his being is stamped on the art itself.

An artist’s passion has always its roller coaster of highs and lows, and yet the ride is always worth taking. It is much more the experience than the lack of drive that fuels the passion to reignite. The little spark would always flicker and blaze and the artist would begin his brush strokes again.  This is how a true artist deals with setbacks.

A piece of art may evolve from an inspired event, person, scene, abstract or other subject of interest. The artwork depends on the choice and style of an artist. He follows essential composition techniques to capture the interest of viewers, lovers, and buyers of art. The creation of an artist takes a lot of attempts, frustration and financial loss until the final piece is perfected. Even then it is subject to viewer’s approval or rejection. A painter will always find joy and fulfillment in his work because it is an expression of himself and his ideals.

Many world-renown artists are known for their signature works. Great painters made paintings with stories and meaning behind them. They are handed through centuries and most works fetched a fortune. One masterpiece of a 13th-century Italian artist, Giotto, is a biblical scene, “The Adoration of the Magi”.  Botticelli, Rembrandt, Leonardo, and Ruben made versions of it also (cf. Listverse). There are famous painters with some of their art works of all time like Vincent van Gogh (The Starry Night), Leonardo da Vinci (Mona Lisa), Pablo Picasso (Guernica) and many others.

Successful painters have a variety of pieces of art such as portraits, landscapes, still lifes, abstract and other forms. Some may not be judged as good material but for the artists it is art.  Andy Warhol’s quote in The Art of Art: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”


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