It doesn’t have to be perfect all at once!

Today I would like to give you some short drawing tips. Without being very serious, and setting the bar very high. There are many things where we push very hard for ourselves and are "how it should be". Things we feel we have to meet. If you also do this with your creativity, your creativity will be under unnecessary stress. I would like to start with a thought exercise with you. Read the questions below and find out for yourself what answer comes to your mind. Without thinking about it for a long time, it can also be a feeling, but sometimes you quickly have an automatic thought: Why…

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Abstract art, when is it a good work of art?

Some "good" abstract works do nothing for me. But other works do touch me again. The list below is therefore not necessarily about taste. But it is more of a short checklist that you can use to analyze a work of art. 1. Consistency This refers to the coherence within a painting and the of an artist's portfolio. Consistency is important in one work, the work must be in balance, finished in the same way everywhere and the lines and shapes must appear planned. An artist's portfolio must also be in balance. If it is incoherent; nice work here and there but sometimes also of mediocre quality, can you…

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7 tips to paint better

7 tips to paint better Painting can be quite complicated if you are just starting out. You may know the materials and how it works. But how do you make a good painting? What should you start practicing with? Here I have listed for a number of painting tips which I found useful when I just started painting. 1. Big Tools Use large to medium sized brushes and palette knives. I am a huge fan of palette knives, you can apply a big dollop of paint, you wipe them and they are ready for a new color. If you use a large brush or palette knife, you also ensure…

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Getting inspired and generating idea’s … how do you do that?

Maybe you do not have any problems at all with getting idea's, but it is something that often comes back in my practice as a teacher. "Miss, I have no idea what to make." Or I hear: "I'm not doing anything today because I have no inspiration." With my adolescent students at the last hour of the day, the latter usually just means: "I don't feel like it." :) There are many different ways to gain inspiration. Below is a list of different ways to get the engine up and running again. Because I think that is the most important thing, generate a spark arises that will bring you…

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Creativity is a way of thinking

I know, this is a drawing website, but not only drawing is an expression of creativity. Being creative is a way of thinking. Solving problems and looking at the world in a different way is creative. In the video below, Katerina Kamprani shows how she uses her creativity to look at the world in a different way. You can see more examples of her work on the website about her project The Uncomfortable.   Divergent thinking  Katerina's way of thinking is a good example of divergent thinking. This means that you do not think in one solution, but that you can interpret a question in several ways. Children aged 5…

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Drawing is important for everybody!

What came first, text or drawings? Everyone who ever saw a picture of a cavemen drawing knows the answer to this. Drawing is something we have done for a long time. And although modern man sometimes tries to deny it, it is very important to who we are. Looking We are visual creatures. We look at everything and everybody if we get the chance. With large sunglasses on a sunny day or in our digital meeting places, like Facebook, Instagram, Google Steetview, etc. We look at the world around us and have opinions about it! Right now we are bombarded with a large amount of images. Just for fun,…

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