5 ways to develop your artistic talent

This blog post goes over the five basic steps in developing your artistic talent from practice to finding the right teacher. If you want to succeed you need desire and someone to show your proper techniques and the best tools.

1. Practice (Trumpet Practice by Norman Rockwell)

There is no question that the more you practice the better you get. If you are intimidated to practice without guidance, it is useful to practice in a classroom or to be able to ask for help on your work in progress paintings.

2. The Right Tools

 Having the right tools is essential for success in any endeavor. Your cooking comes out better with the finest ingredients. If you want to learn to ski, you will be more comfortable if you wear a proper mask or goggles. Musicians play better on higher quality instruments…which is why the Stradivarius violin costs millions.

Luckily, you do not need millions to paint. A few quality paint brushes, the right pigments, and paper and you are good to go.



3. Techniques

Here a horse trainer is teaching his horse how to paint. In order to succeed as a painter, you must learn the right techniques. Learn fast and learn hard and find a good class to take. Sure, you can experiment on your own but you will learn a lot faster with less frustration if you take an art class.

4. Desire

I don’t believe there is really such as a thing as being born with innate “talent.” The desire to paint is an overriding factor that determines your ability to succeed with art. As Picasso said:
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

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If you have the desire, the trick is to tap into your inner child that is fearless and thinks that you can do anything you want. Find a good teacher who will show you the right tools and techniques to get you going. Believe in yourself and keep practicing until you get the results that you want.

5. Teacher

In order to learn the right techniques and tools, develop good practice methods and stay motivated, you need a good teacher. I have been showing hundreds of watercolor students all over the world how to paint in my online art classes. My method is a replicable system that you can apply in your own style as proven by my students. I would love to have you join me in one of my many online watercolor classes. Come check out what’s new at the Inspiration Place!

Do you believe that artists are born with special talents or can develop them?

16 thoughts on “5 ways to develop your artistic talent”

  1. When I was younger I was really into writing, reading, art (Drawing, painting, mostly pointalism and charcoal,) and band. I played the clarinet for many years. After high school I tried to stick with the artistic side of me. The reading was about the only thing that stuck. Now, I am writing and slowly getting back to artistic side of me. I am going to be 40 this year and I feel like its time to get back to me and the things that I love. It's all for my Wellness plan.

  2. The great artists,thinkers, musicians and athletes are not only born with a specialized talent they also have a passion that drives their work. For me, I have to resolve to make practice a priority- just like with exercise, I'm always pleased with the results of my time on task! The more I paint the better I paint.

  3. I think there's a little bit of both. You're born with talent but you need to develop it. Though I wish I could develop an ability to create paintings that bring people to overjoyed tears, it's not going to happen, no matter how much I practice.

    Lol, the only tears that will come from a painting by me will be tears of laughter! 😉

  4. I think you are born with a talent. You need to develop your skills but for some naturally talented people it seems to come so easy to them.

  5. I truly believe that artists are born with a special skill. I do believe though that they have to practise their skill throughout life and develop it too.

  6. I honestly think it's a mix between both. I think one can be born very talented but I also think you can develop a talent. I know a lot of people who are wonderful artists and I know others that took a lot of practice to get to where they are today.


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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