How to create great Art?

Yves M. LarocqueI have taught painting and art history in a reputable Canadian art school for more than 25 years. Also, since 1997 I have led painting workshops on three continents for  Hundreds of students have asked me the same question. How can I become a great artist, someone like Cézanne, Monet, Picasso, etc.? Can I become like them? The answer is a simple… yes! But how?

Besides having a strong will, and forgetting the television set, here are seven critical issues to consider:

(1) do not fear, be true to yourself;

(2) know your art history;

(3) tell new stories or tell your interesting stories;

(4) be aware of the state of the world and the philosophies of your time, without drowning in the flood of daily news;

(5) be aware of contemporary aesthetics;

(6) work every day, even if only for one hour per day; and

(7) find a representative who will effectively promote your art.

That is all.

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