Updated: Jan 31, 2019
It is not easy to put into perspective and perceive our artistic progresses. We are sometimes more attentive to our deficiencies, our flaws than our qualities. Self-criticism is sometimes devastating. When self doubt leads to a depreciation of one's work, it is hard with such thoughts to find the motivation to continue. At this critical stage, we say to ourselves that we are worthless, that we will never succeed, and that we shall be forever hopeless. Doubt is inherent in our artistic journey. We must find new sources of motivation and solace to continue to advance. And if this momentum of positivism and optimism does not come from ourselves, we have to look for it elsewhere. While stimulating my curiosity, and with my thirst for exchange and sharing, I created and have given numerous painting workshops. In every classes, there is always a whole group of very friendly people fully concentrated, practicing painting assignments. It is a real pleasure to see them paint, show their artwork without feeling insecure, and hear encouragements and compliments about their skills from colleagues. Yes, it is really nice to hear them appreciate the work of others. I think the solution is there. Staying at home, isolating yourself may not be good. We must admit, we feel valued, understood, and loved, when we receive good praise on our artistic creations. This is our little megalomaniac side, us, the artists.
Our desire to communicate and express ourselves is a need for recognition, attention and love.
Joining an art group or a painting workshop is combining those expectations. Because (unless your group is full of grouchy, resentful and angry creators ; imagine the workshop !), you will have the chance to share your Art with the openness and warmth of people gathered around the same interest. And there, by showing his works, one realizes, beyond our own judgment often too severe, that what we created pleases. Painting in a group also has other interests. You will be able to draw from the knowledge of someone, to inspire others, to collaborate and find new solutions and seek for advice. Working in a team, or with an artistic community will be a new engine for your progress. I think of all these groups of painters who defined the history of painting. Impressionism is full of these small groups, in which each painter, inspired by the techniques, innovations and discoveries of others, has been able to progress and affirm a his identity.
If joining a workshop or a group of friends painters does not attract you...
Maybe you lack free time, you are too shy or you feel awkward in groups. There are still other great solutions to communicate your artistic creations and interest. Today without leaving home, we can make friends and exchange online. Tons of internet blogs, websites, chat rooms exist to show your work, receive opinions, or simply share and like.
Here is a list of great websites and blogs to interact with the artistic community:
Booooooom. Booooooom was launched in 2008 and quickly became one of the most widely read art blogs on the Internet. It is a blog about Art, Design, Film, Music, Photography, Daily Junk and Projects.
Doodle Addicts. An art community created to provide artists with an engaging platform to share their work. It is dedicated to celebrating the incessant need to draw, sketch, and doodle with anything and everything you can.
Juxtapoz. A website that presents a monthly gallery of underground and emerging artists who influence much of the fashion, graphics, and new art we see today.
DeviantArt. One of the largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art.
Artists Inspire Artists. The goal of this blog is to build a vast community of artists with a passion for inspiring others through their work.
Hi-Fructose. A magazine showcasing an eclectic mix of underground artists, pop surrealists, emerging and rediscovered countercultures.
Pixiv. This is a Japanese online community for artists. It aims to provide a place for artists to exhibit their illustrations and get feedback via a rating system and user comments.
Hyperallergic. A forum for serious, playful, and radical perspectives on art & culture in the world today.
Pinterest. Looking for new ideas? Whether you're planning your next big art project, searching for design concepts, looking painting tips, a website that is a great source for creatives.
1X. This is not your average photo site. All photos on 1x are selected by a team of professional gallery curators. Just like in a real photo gallery.
Instagram. A simple, fun & creative way to capture, edit & share photos, videos & messages with artists alike.
Fine Art Tips. Lori McNee is an artist who shares valuable fine art tips, social media advice, art business tips and news from her studio. With the help of talented artists/writers, this website has grown into a popular semi-collaborative art blog.
This is Colossal. The website is celebrating the work of both established and emerging artists across a vast field of creative endeavors, featuring 5,000+ articles on fine art, crafts, design, animation, photography, street art, illustration, and architecture. They also explore the beauty of the natural world at the intersection of art and science.
The Jealous Curator. Danielle Krysa started this blog to document the work she loved, but more importantly, she wanted to find a way to flip the jealousy into something positive – admiration and inspiration to be specific.
Art Station. ArtStation provides you with a simple, yet powerful way to show your portfolio and be seen by the right people in the industry.
Artsy Shark. This website contains hundreds of articles on the business of art. Each week, they bring you marketing and sales tips, inspiration, out-of-the-box ideas and opportunities to grow as a creative entrepreneur.
Canvas. One of the most exciting ways to discover new artwork is to see artists in action inside their studios. To help you get to know the many talented artists on Saatchi Art, each week the blog invite you to preview an artist’s work-in-progress, learn about what inspires them, and see their work hanging on their studio walls or in recent exhibitions.
Tumblr. Tumblr is a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. It's where your interests connect you with other people and community.
Skinny Artist. An online community of artists, writers, photographers, and other creative souls who create, share, and live their art.
Society6. Features artwork and high quality products created by hundreds of thousands of artists from around the world. It is home to hundreds of thousands of artists from around the globe, uploading and selling their original works.
Beautiful/Decay. They began as a small black and white photocopied ‘zine in 1996. Over the years Beautiful/Decay grew a cult following and evolved from a widely distributed magazine to a limited edition book. B/D shifted it’s attention full time to its rapidly growing blog, now home to the same exciting content that made Beautiful/Decay a widely loved and revered creative bible.
CGSociety. The CGSociety supports artists at every level by offering a range of services to connect, inform, educate and promote digital artists worldwide.
The Abundant Artist. The Abundant Artist has hundreds of free blog posts, podcast episodes, and instructional videos on selling art online. Their mission is to teach talented artists to sell their art and to dispel the “starving artist myth” forever.
Artfinder. Wall art, original paintings, sculptures, limited edition prints and photography directly from independent artists. They’re helping building a world where artists can make a living doing what they love.
Global Street Art. View the best new street art & graffiti related blog posts, interviews, image galleries and videos.
Behance. Behance is a network of sites and services specializing in self-promotion, including consulting and online portfolio sites. This website is a platform that allows many people with web design careers to showcase their portfolios of visual work such as graphic design, fashion, illustration, photography, and more.
Saatchi Art. Saatchi Art is an online art gallery and artist network. It connects people with art and artists they love.
Street Art News: All the latest news from the world of graffiti and street art and the artists behind it all. It is a publication devoted to Urban Art and is a trusted source for Art news, exhibitions analysis and reviews, lifestyle and nearly everything else found in between layers of paint.
Artsy. Their mission is to make all of the world's art accessible to anyone. It is a free online platform for collecting and discovering art. Artsy's search engine and database draw connections and map relationships among works of art.