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What are some steps I can do to become a painter?

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Natalie’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Demarrion,

My mom is a painter, so I know about this career from her. Also, I'm answering in regards to being a painter of artworks, vs. house painting, commercial painting, etc. so I apologize if that is what you were referring to!

I think the most important first step is practice, practice, practice. Figure out what your "style" is, try to practice to become really good at it. Maybe you like abstract art, or realistic art, maybe you like acrylic paint or watercolor. There is so much to experiment and learn here. (Checkout this page for a bunch of info about different types of painting styles and mediums). https://www.pictoclub.com/types-of-painting-art-styles-mediums-subjects/

Practice and experimentation requires materials, so depending where you are in your life, if you have access to a school with an art studio that might be a good place to start without having to purchase supplies.

Congratulations on thinking about your future, I hope to see your art someday! :)
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William’s Answer

Hi Demarrion!
Painting may be 'Decorative Painting or Fine Art (Painting)'.
Decorative Painting is an acquired knowledge, while Fine Art (Painting) needs some level natural gift in creativity.
You may learn Decorative Painting as an apprentice or in vocational school as a construction skill, while you learn Fine Art (Painting) in an art college or via an informal learning to develop inherent gift. You way visit online art galleries, online painting courses, museums and exhibitions to explores creativity in painting.
You can be a generalist painter or develop in a specialist painting with your own adopted art movement, genre or philosophy like - expressionism, pointillism, abstract, color-centric, figural, still life, realism, portraiture, futurism, symbolism, pop, allegory, constructivism, landscaping and more. You can paint mixed media, pastel, fresco, graphite pencil, watercolor, oil paint, acrylic, including digital media and more
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Jennifer’s Answer

Hello Demarrion,

Painting is a meditative and spiritual career. It helps others to analyze and interpret their meaning behind your vision.

The first step I would take is to start online social media accounts to display your artwork. You need that omnipresence to stand out amongst other artists. We are talking about Facebook, Instagram and TikTok - what I like to call F.I.T.

When you create your accounts, try to use the same username throughout (if possible) for consistency. With the digital era, there are entrepreneurs who are looking for paintings or artists, in general like yourself, for murals in restaurants, museums, and other businesses.

Also, you can reach out to local communities and ask if you can set yourself up as a vendor to display your paintings and put a fair price point to it. For instance, with the Christmas season coming up, if there is a Christmas market in your town or the Local Fair.

If painting is your passion, then entrepreneurship is the way to go.

Good luck!

-Jennifer Bari
Career Coach

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-bari-6b162185
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Edison’s Answer

Hello Demarrion;

Here are my thoughts, as far as a painter, one that chooses color, schemes and do faux finishes on houses and furniture that will require a little clinic at your local paint store, they have faux finishes they will train you, also Home Depot will have very technical patching and paint. I suggest if this is the direction you are thinking to get into a paid apprenticeship with a professional painter! To learn the trade! Nothing better than hands on training-

If you were thinking of fine arts painting?? I took many classes in different techniques until I found what I wanted the. I went for a fine arts degree at an amazing art school ( this cost a lot) so the clinics will help you identify palate and color- and mostly technique

Best of luck on your career choice
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