An art student’s life is an existential reality, composed of augmented conflicts of impression, resolution and abstraction. Many art students find themselves lost amidst their path of creative success.

Here is a compilation of icebergs that can capsize the boat of a budding artist :

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Ghandi

Learning is a good habit and should be practiced throughout the course of your life. Learning broadens the horizons of the mind, and introduces newer perceptions into a student’s creative imagination. But, learning without its application is like an oyster without a pearl. Unless you won’t apply the knowledge you’ve gained, there will be no concreteness to your creativity.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

A practice followed by students is to try and portray their reference as closely as possible. In their regard to mimic their references, the students lose touch with their imagination. You must understand that they are called reference for a reason; they should inspire you to weave it around your distinct style and genius and not the other way round.

“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” – Michelangelo

When your teachers are sharing some insightful expertise or a demonstration, give them your full attention. You must try and not let your mind take off. Seeing their students not paying attention could also be disheartening for your teachers.

“Art exists to enrich the soul” – anonymous

Your artistic growth depends upon the intensity and interval of your practice. The more you practice what has been taught, the greater will be your efficiency.

“I paint self-portraits because I am the person I know best.” -Frida Kahlo

The anxiety of not being able to deliver what was desired, often discourages a student from picking up the brush. Success and failure is part of an artist’s life. The angst of failure must not be a barrier to your creative application.

“Art is what you can get away with.” – Andy Warhol

Being self-reliant and confident with your decision and application is essential for an art student. Instead of waiting for directions from your teacher, you could start mixing your knowledge and creativity to paint breathtaking artworks.

“Be yourself, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.” – Dr. Suess

Most of you get distressed when faced with an unruly comment or criticism. Instead of letting these incidents bring you down and leave your work unfinished midway, you could take it in a positive manner.

These are insignificant matters which turn significant only when you let them be. Being more careful and developing your own shades of confidence and execution is what will help you shine bright like a celestial star.

Author Bio:

Bob Ransley was born in New England, and has constantly been on the move and has stayed across a variety of locations. He has been living in Maine for the past 6 years now, and his travels have been his inspiration for many of his finest works. He has become America’s most known colorist, due to the vast number of shades that he employs in his paintings.  Robert Ransley can be followed on social media at @Twitter , Google+ , Linkedin and Facebook. For more background information on Bob , see his full bio over here.