posted by Brian Yoder at
What is the best way to proceed with painting sacred art? Up to now I have been more or less just copying some of the old masters in order to teach myself. After 4 years of doing this I want to stay with the same subject matter but paint my own paintings instead.
By ac, at 9:06 PM
I don't think that there's anything special you need to do to paint "sacred" art as opposed to any other subject matter. A good painter can paint based on any thematic material he wishes be it religious, personal, political, ethical, or what have you. How to become a better artist in general is a far too complex subject for a little post like this, but the main advice I would give is to find others who know a lot about it and learn from them and experiment and learn new things of your own and share them with others. There are plenty of online resources for artists such as my own GoodArt discussion group (which includes artists and non-artists) which you can read about at http://www.goodart.org/goodart.htm and Cordisley which is focused on technical discussions and matters exclusively of interest to working artists (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cowdisley/). Beyond that, just keep learning, keep trying new things, and son't quit or get stuck in a rut.--Brian
By Brian Yoder, at 1:09 PM
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