5 Easy and Effective Ways to Challenge Yourself as a Painter


Painting takes incredible skill and patience that can sometimes lead an artist to delve too deeply into their craft alone. Try improving yourself as a painter by challenging yourself from time to time.

Here are 5 easy and effective ways to challenge yourself as a painter:

1. Leave Your Likely Location

Do you normally paint in your studio or a usual, comfortable place? Try switching it up to challenge yourself as an artist. Take your easel outside or ask a friend if you can paint in their studio for a time. Perhaps even pick a different room in your own house and see if the change in location changes anything when it comes to your subject, technique, process, and results.

2. Try a New Brand of Brush

Do you have a favourite type of brush or a few kinds that you usually rely on? Head to the art store and pick out something completely new, a brush you’ve never used and perhaps not even considered before. Create a few pieces with your new tool in different styles and see what you come up with.


3. Switch Up Your Preferred Paint

Are you an oil painter or do you prefer acrylic? Maybe watercolour is more your thing. While your at the art store picking up a new type of brush, why not try a new type of paint as well? Take a look at the wide variety available and pick up something new that interests and excites you and hopefully you’ll find this new challenge something valuable.

4. Create on Something Other Than Canvas

A piece of wood. A clay figure. A wall. A shirt. A piece of furniture. Choose something other than the typical canvas to employ and stretch your painting skills.

blindfold5. Subdue Your Senses

How much do your eyes and ears play a part in your art? Find out! First, create a piece with your eyes blindfolded so that you’re working in complete dark. Then, create another piece with your ears plugged so that you’re working in complete silence. Examine not only your results but also your experience.

In what ways do challenge yourself as a painter? We’d love to hear about them in comments below!

* First image by John Nyberg. Second image by Ria Hills.