So you got yourself all geared up and stocked up with art supplies ready to create art. But where do you start? Do you just jump around from tutorial to tutorial or do you seek out a mentor?
In the day and age we live in today finding art tutorials on the internet is everywhere. From real time to speed tutorials on YouTube, inspirational pictures on Pintrest or following artists on Facebook or Instagram has never been easier. Then there are also platforms like Skillshare and Patreon. Several professional artists also produce excellent online lessons straight from their websites. The possibilities to learn is endless.
What if you want to take your art to the next level? For me this is where Dennis and Nolan Clark comes in. They are father and son team and also owners of Paint Basket Art Lessons. Early 2012 I searched online on how to paint cosmos flowers and I came across a lesson that Dennis Clark presented in watercolors. That was the day my entire life changed. I started following every online lesson Dennis and Nolan presented. These were from watercolors, graphite, oils, acrylic, pastel, pen and ink and even scratch-board.
Even though it has been many years since I ‘met’ them, I still follow their lessons and courses. I have grown so much and learned more than I ever would have if I just gone on and jump around from tutorial to tutorial I find online. Not only has Dennis and Nolan taught me how to create art but they also taught me all about the business side of art. They have been such an inspiration and still they are my personal mentors.
I do find inspiration from many artists and follow many and learn from several. But it is very important that you find a mentor that will really invest their time in you. I know it is not always easy. You have to find someone that believes in you and are willing to help guide you along the way. You also have to be willing to learn, listen and practice. We will meet many people in our lifetime but not everyone will be a right fit for you.
The truth is a real mentor will teach you everything they know to enable you to become the best you can be. Dennis and Nolan has done just that for me. Without them I would have never started my art career. A big thank you to Dennis and Nolan.
Do you have great mentors that guide you on the way?