Q: How can I improve my art?

Q: How can I improve my art?

A: My best tip? Broaden your horizons, man. You may live in a beautiful town, or cabin in the woods, or a cave high up on a mountain, but if you never leave it your experience will be very narrow, and your art will reflect it. You need to break free of your limited experiences to fuel your imagination, man!

Travel as far as you can. Meet people from distant lands. Eat their food. Drink their drinks. Smoke out with them and get to know their souls, man. Soak up the history of their lands and let it blow the doors off your mind. Blam! You suddenly have all this new information. Use it to kick start your imagination. Fill your art with the new colors, personalities, and trippy visions that you have acquired.

Now, not everyone can afford, or has the physical ability, to travel very far. That’s okay, man. That’s what the internet is for. It may not be quite as good as actual travel, but we work with what we are given, right? Open your browser and surf the intertubes, man! The internet is vast and contains stuff that you would never be exposed to otherwise. Sure, your art will be influenced a great deal more by cats and penises by experiencing life through the web, but hey, there’s room for that in the art world. I mean, people have made art with poo. Poo, man!

Some people will tell you to take art classes to improve your technique. Have you looked at a Picasso? Have you looked at the work of Grandma Moses? Technique isn’t where it’s at, man. The important part of art is the story it tells. And if poo can tell a story good enough to be considered art then you should probably stop judging your art so harshly.

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Ross Wilson

Ross Wilson

Ross grew up on a commune, the son of a herb garden pioneer and a henna tattoo artist. He always felt an affinity for paints since getting his fingers into it when he was five. Encouraged to continue, he moved on to macrame, string art and mobiles, until his mind was entirely blown seeing The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine movie and the works of Peter Max. He’s high on life, and that’s all he’s sayin’.

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