According to PayScale databases, a lawyer in 2016 will make anywhere from $120,000-$163,576 more than the average fine artist holding a MFA and having received the same amount of schooling.
This isn't bias discrimination- this is reality.
Religion, culture, psychology, the community, education, the workplace.
These are some areas that are heavily influenced by the visual arts- just to name a few.
Is it just a luxury? Impractical? Losing its relevance?
Any glimpse into society proves otherwise.
But how do we fix it?
I'm glad you asked.
It's simple really- education.
Education is the key to displaying that which is misunderstood and influencing change.
Not important? Not appreciated?
More like misunderstood.
Visual communication is the most powerful yet overlooked form of interaction we have, but education provides the resources necessary to understand this disconnect and therefore appreciate the importance of the visual arts.
For the most part, society believes in arts importance.
However, the gradual defunding, dismissal and misunderstanding of art shows otherwise.
People can't be blamed for this. You only appreciate what you truly understand.
The problem? Art is misunderstood.
Much like this back alley parking lot, art is slowly becoming more and more overlooked.
But what if there was an answer?
What if there was education?
Let's take a journey through the process of painting a quality oil piece, shall we?
First up, we gather our supplies.
Next, we sketch out our vision.
Paint is essential. After all, it's a painting.
Now that your vision is sketched out, its time to block in your base layer.
This neutralizes and creates an underlying tone that sets the temperature for your piece.
*Note: Even the pigment on the palette is set up in a certain order. Paint is placed on the glass from dark to light, from left to right.
Once the base layer is applied thinly, the artist can locate their sketch marks.
Go over the sketch lines with a thin layer of white paint.
This outlines and gives more opportunity for the artist to further develop proportion, placement, and overall composition for the piece.
From there, the artist can study their environment or photo to identify the shadow areas.
Especially when it comes to repetitive patterns, better to simplify than to be exact.
The impression of brick looks much more realistic thanks to the proper placement of shadow/light areas.
*Note: One should always be sure to spend more time observing their subject than observing their piece.
Next, block in the shadow areas of foliage and stone.
Be observant of it's placement- no stroke of the brush is an accident.
Then go in and add middle tones.
These make up the majority of the foliage and brick in this piece.
Finally, add highlights and details.
This aids in tying your piece together to achieve a more completed look.
Lastly, clean the work station.
Properly dispose of chemicals used and be sure to take thorough care of your tools.
Properly cleaning paint brushes is vital to their longevity.