Painting like a master takes decades of patient practice.

Developing a high level of artistic skill takes much experience and self confidence .

To improve artwork and make an original painting look like it has a master’s touch, there are some essential areas artists must focus upon.

Michelangelo was indeed a master artist.

His original painting below titled ‘The Creation of Adam’ was placed onto the ceiling of a church.

Michelangelo Creation of Man Original Painting: How to paint like a master artist

‘Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo – ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Rome, 1508-1512, fresco

It’s one of the most famous original paintings in the world, located in Vatican City, Italy.

God reaches from heaven to touch the finger of man. To animate Adam’s listless body, through his holy spirit in the Garden of Eden.

This article outlines six important creative approaches used by master artists like Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Picasso , Turner, and DaVinci that modern artists can use today to improve their original paintings.

Firstly, all five artists had one very important common trait.

They cared deeply about their craft.

Point 1. A master artist is passionate about art and works constantly to refine their creative skill.

Michelangelo achieved technical mastery in 3 different creative disciplines, original painting, sculpture and architecture.

Due to his love for sculpture, Michelangelo established a new style for his time, which produced a 3 dimensional sculptural feel in his paintings.

From the time Michelangelo signed the contract in 1508, it took him 4 years to complete painting the ceilings and walls.

He endured many hardships and completed the massive task alone. Spending extremely long hours standing upright, upon dangerously high fragile scaffolding, awkwardly reaching above his head to paint the ceiling.

Point 2. A master artist understands it takes great patience, determination and persistence to finish difficult creative projects.

Rembrandt was also a renowned artist. He lived in Amsterdam, the commercial epicenter of Europe during the 1600’s.

He was a master at capturing unique lighting effects upon his subjects in original paintings.

Rembrandt used strong contrasts of light upon dark, focusing viewer’s attention towards areas of the canvas that created dramatic interest and mood.

Rembrandt used the visual tool of contrast to maximum effect in his original art.

His masterful skill of gentle warm light meant that Rembrandt was able to powerfully depict emotions on his subject’s faces. Even portraying inanimate objects with subtle emotion.

Point 3. Rembrandt had an innate ability to express compassion for people in his original paintings.

Completed in 1969, the self-portrait original painting below is Rembrandt during old age. Visually, he expresses an acceptance of what life had dealt him.

Without defeat or bitterness, but with compassion for fellow man, he accepts the reality of his tumultuous creative life.

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‘Self-portrait’ painted by Rembrandt around 1665 – 1669 (last years of his life). In Kenwood House, Hampstead, London. ©Wikimedia Commons image

Point 4. A master artist uses contrasts in paintings for dramatic impact and visual effect.

William Turner (1775 –1851) was a master at capturing atmospheric feeling in his original paintings.

He was an English romantic landscape painter whose original paintings contain a spirit of freedom and intangible beauty.

Turner helped set the foundations of abstract art.

Producing fascinating cloud formations that created their own textural vitality and esoteric meaning.

He painted everyday landscapes but achieved an extraordinary mysterious quality in original paintings, capturing the ocean, land and sky in unique ways.

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“Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway” (1844) by William Turner Oil on canvas 91 × 121.8 cm, Turner Bequest, 1856, ©Creative Commons image

Turner experienced his own personal feelings through the moods of nature.

He had a deep appreciation of nature and was early to foresee the destructive dangers of the industrial revolution upon our natural environment.

His romantic art was achieved by adding many layers of colour and texture. Producing a translucent multi dimensional character to his original paintings.

Point 5. A master artist depicts an atmosphere in a painting. Adding romance and a unique untouchable mystery to a piece of art.

Picasso was a master artist who helped form western civilisations understanding of modern art. He wasn’t afraid to leap into the unknown and achieve astounding creative results in his original paintings.

Picasso had great imagination and possessed the courage to follow his heart and establish innovative art movements. Cubism signalled an important breakthrough in the history of modern art.

In visual terms, cubism expressed a machine like character, synonymous with the industrial revolution.

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‘Cubist Sydney Tower’ by Simon Brushfield (2005) Oil, Acrylic and Charcoal on board 80cm x 60cm (Sold: Private European Acquisition)

Picasso’s strength of imagination was unlimited and sometimes used his art as an anti- war statement.

He allowed the subject matter to take it’s own creative emotional direction and flow with the historical progress happening at the time.

He was a passionate man who constantly pushed the boundaries of modern art. Which led Picasso into an extraordinarily prolific career producing original art.

Point 6. A master artist allows human emotion and imagination to take flight without imposing rational constraints upon the creative process.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s creative life was incredibly diverse.

Avoiding boredom, he sought different projects to keep his creative mind stimulated. Da Vinci was interested in absolutely everything.

Leonardo not only mastered the fine art of painting, but also reinvented himself with a large variety of fascinating engineering and scientific projects, whereby he employed his skill of drawing.

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Leonardo’s scientific study of the human arm muscles from his sketchbook

He claimed to have dissected over 30 human bodies and recorded his findings with minute scientific accuracy. He also analysed the human nervous system and foetus in the womb with intricate detail.

Leonardo’s curiosity led him to incredible discoveries ranging from engineering, philosophy, manpowered flight, weapons of war, human anatomy even town planning.

Final Point. A master artist lives a life of diverse experiences and interesting projects adding to the richness and character of their original art .

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Pablo Picasso: How to commission original art like Picasso

Pablo Picasso was a brilliant artist for his time.

He created artwork that continues to grow in popularity, well after his death.

One of his most famous pieces of original art is titled ‘ ’.

The painting was based upon a real life event, from photographs taken amidst a devastating war scene. Later in Picasso’s studio, here’s what happened…

Pablo Picasso added his unique artistic perspective to history and immortalized the event.

It’s now remembered forever as an iconic painting in the History of Modern Art.

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Guernica ‘ (1937) Pablo Picasso. Oil on canvas Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid 349 cm × 776 cm

About Picasso’s Guernica painting…

Pablo Picasso created this piece following the bombing of a small quiet innocent town in 1937.

The attack took place during the Spanish Civil war, involving both German and Italian warplanes, above the city of Guernica . Picasso meant to represent the suffering and pain caused by war.

Innocent civilians were butchered and terrified, unable to escape the rain of horror from above.

Guernica is one of Picasso’s most famous pieces of original art, currently housed in Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid Spain. An estimated eleven thousand people come daily to visit the painting. Even though Guernica is currently one of Picasso’s more recognizable pieces, it hasn’t always been popular.

In 1938 the controversial ‘Guernica’ was stolen by activists and nailed to the wall of a public showroom.

Pablo Picasso attempted to comprehend in visual terms, the Spanish people’s sense of loss as their city, friends, and family were all destroyed by the bombings.

This important piece of art speaks to the Spanish people portraying powerful emotions of identity, loss and grief, resulting from the tragedy of war.

Commissioning Your Own Piece of Original Art

When collecting contemporary paintings, art dealers are finding that contemporary art is growing more popular as a wise investment. Picasso painted Guernica using photographs from eyewitness accounts.

Similarly, the original abstract painting below was created using a similar creative process.

‘Dopey’ by Simon Brushfield Acrylic & Oil on Canvas 21cm x 29cm (Unframed)

By commissioning your piece of original art from your own photographs, you will be able to get the look you want from an experienced artist who has been painting for more than 20 years.

When buying original art from Simon Brushfield , you want to create a piece of original art that appeals to you, but also sends the right message.

Purchasing a Picasso painting might be a little beyond your budget.

However, commissioning a piece of contemporary art by Simon Brushfield will give you an original painting guaranteed to increase in value. Original art makes a wonderfully unique gift for loved ones too.

Your choice of topic probably won’t be the Spanish civil war, like Picasso’s Guernica painting, but you might have important events or people that you would like to commemorate.

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‘Great Aunt Glen’ portrait by Simon Brushfield (2006) Oil and acrylic on canvas 60cm x 80cm (Private Acquisition)

When thinking about collecting investment art from a high quality artist like Simon Brushfield , you will find your investment increasing in value over time.

Commissioning a piece of original art gives you a unique show piece for your wall that impresses visitors and will be a joy to live with, in your home or office .

Do you have any thoughts about Guernica , this important painting by Pablo Picasso?

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Pablo Picasso: Unhealthy competition deceives creative people

Pablo Picasso was brilliant.

His genius was not the result of competing with another artist. He was entirely unique, in his own league.

It upsets me to see people deceived.

I believe the greatest deception in our society today relates to competition. People compete with each other too much, which stifles creative growth .

Artists compete with other artists. Yet they are entirely different personalities with strengths in different areas.

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“Girl Before a Mirror” (1932) by Pablo Picasso. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Oil on canvas

I have never considered myself in competition with another artist. Actually, I have never ever felt that life was a competition. I knew there was no other person one earth like me therefore, I had no need to compete with them.

Dan Johnson is an artist from England. He founded the successful art website . We’re both professional artists and online bloggers. Dan and I recently met online and there’s absolutely no sign of competition. It’s a nice genuine relationship. We’re generous with each other in art and business . Not trying to hide information, destroy or undermine one another in a competition.

Rather we share, support, encourage and compliment each other. As you will see in the skype video interview below Dan discusses his art background, Google+ , Facebook , Twitter, Pinterest and the importance of maintaining a balanced business.

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But often businessmen compete with other businessmen. Friends compete over the latest technology gadgets. Mums compete over their babies. Fathers compete over a house or car. Some professionals even compete over how hard they work! Silly stuff.

Especially in well developed western societies, people unfortunately learn that life is one big race for possessions. This is a massive deception, which stifles people’s freedom and creativity.

Point 1: Many people think they need to compete to receive their ‘piece of the pie’ in the world.

However, I do understand that competition can be healthy in some areas of life including sport. But too much focus on competing, gives people a distorted message about life.

Excessive competition leads to

a) exhaustion

b) copycat mentality

c) low self esteem

d) depletes creativity

e) starves originality

f) stifles freedom

g) creates the seagull mentality

h) creates boredom

i) at worst, leads to violence

But what happens mostly when people are busy looking at other people competing with each other, like seagulls competing over a dirty chip on the pavement, they miss out on discovering the amazing creative ability within themselves.

An aspect inside everybody that is so unique that no other person on the planet can compete with. Its impossible to compete on this level. When individuals find their unique creative ability, they can leave the dirty chip for the seagulls and begin feeding upon the most expensive restaurants in the world.

Point 3: If people are constantly in ‘competition mode’ they miss out on the creative value within themselves.

I tell my tertiary students, that good art teachers are employed to bring out the individual creative specialness in a student. That creative talent that is unique only to you. I try to avoid my students competing with others in class, it’s a waste of time, and will ensure they make zero progress. Instead focus internally, where the interesting special stuff resides.

Like the pie will one day run out. The student might be tempted to think, “I had better compete because otherwise, there will be none left for me”. This is a deception. The pie is infinitely plentiful. God’s resources are abundant and he has certainly planned enough cake for you.

Point 4: When the atmosphere of competition is eliminated, people are free to become inspired by following their special creativity within like Pablo Picasso.

One of the first things I tell my new creative students, during orientation day speech is this. “You are all incredibly unique. Out of the billions of people on planet earth, there is no one the same as you.” My students are not competing with anyone else because its impossible to compare an apple with an orange. Why waste time and energy on a useless exercise? Find what you love and be inspired.

Point 5: In creativity, or any field of endeavour people are infinitely original .

But some fail to grasp this reality and they begin losing self-confidence or self esteem. People often begin to compare themselves to others and compete on many different levels. Thinking they are beating their opponent by owning a better car or multi-story house. Competition is a big deception. After many years teaching tertiary level students in diploma, bachelor and masters level, I have come to this conclusion…

Point 6: Competition mostly creates mediocrity and mainstream unoriginal results.

Pablo Picasso, DaVinci , Einstein, or Plato wouldn’t have achieved such enormous success in their lives if they were primarily concerned with their next door neighbour competing for trivial matters. No, they were unique. They were concerned with more important questions about creativity.

These brilliant creative men were seeking answers to questions that lay deep within themselves. Deep within the universe. Questions that needed answers, that couldn’t be found by looking over their shoulder, envious of other people, feeling like they needed to compete to ‘keep up with the Jones’.

Envy, jealousy and competition is low level of thinking but unfortunately saturates our society. This type of thinking creates an even lower level of living. Similar to the pavement seagull, fighting over a dirty chip, making heaps of noise with a whole lot of effort.  For very little reward.

So lets avoid “keeping up with the Jones’” but rather be unique giving encouragement, support and strengthening people by igniting their creative spark within. This is guaranteed to make others feel invincible and very special just like Pablo Picasso.

Please leave your ideas in the comments box below, I would love to hear your thoughts.
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