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and welcome to Mii paintings. I'm Veronika Mii and today I would like to share with you bits
and pieces from my art journey. It's been a year since I finally quit my job and became a
full-time artist and I've had the most amazing time in my life. So I would like to share with
you a little tips, which could help you on your own art journey. So let's dive straight into it.
Tip number one: find your own space. If you want to be serious about becoming an artist it's
quite important to have your own space. I live in a rented flat and I started to paint in the
kitchen and my kids were running around all the time and I didn't feel good there.
I had to move
things every time I wanted to paint something, so it was a natural step for me to find my own
place. I rent a room in one company which makes lifts and it's quite cozy here. I love coming here
every day and I feel so good when I come here, because it's my own space where I can create
and nobody mess up my things.
And I know it can be hard at the beginning, because you don't have
that much funds and maybe you don't have so much support from your loved ones, but I promise
if you find your space where you feel good, you will want to start creating. It
doesn't have to be anything fancy or big. You can find your little corner in your living
room or if you've got garage and you can create your creative corner there. You can also look
for rentals in your local town. Maybe find some little place which you can rent like me. This is
actually my third place. I had two places before, but they were too loud and this place is
finally the one where I feel good and where I can come every day and create and be happy.
So it's quite important to have your own space. Tip number two: don't expect success overnight.
Although there are a few lucky ones who experience success overnight, it doesn't happen to everyone.
And it's totally fine.
Take your time, don't rush things, because if you push too hard, sometimes it
can be discouraging and maybe you stop it before the success happens to you. and that would be a
shame. Before I started to work as an artist I had my regular job to which I was coming every day
and then at night I was painting. And I actually enjoyed my job.
I was working in production
company which makes adverts and promo movies, but I never felt that artistic freedom which
I wanted. I felt like I can't fulfill my full potential so I was looking for something more. And
this painting project came out of pure passion. I didn't plan anything of this. I never I
could never imagine becoming an artist and here I am. Painting every day and it makes me so
happy and I wish you could also experience this amazing feeling. I'll soon be in my 40s so it was
about time to find out what I really want in my life. and it doesn't matter if you're 50, 60, 70
you still have got time to start your art journey no matter what others think. If you feel like you
want to become an artist you should go for it. Tip number three: be active on social media. It's
quite important to be seen by others so I suggest you set up your facebook page, instagram, youtube
channel (if you like sharing your knowledge with others). That's what I do. Or you can set up
pinterest, patreon, any social media which could help you to be in contact with your audience.
What's also helpful is to have your facebook group in which you can be in contact with your
audience and people can share their art there. They can share their knowledge and you can talk
What's great is if you can create a place where people feel supported and they are not
afraid to share their art there, because sometimes it can be a big deal if you decide to share your
art and maybe you feel insecure about yourself, about your art, but if you've got a place where
you feel safe it's amazing and people like coming there, because they know there won't be any harsh
comments like anywhere else on internet. But what's good is to put your main emphases on one
social media. For me it's youtube. I create videos every week.
One video per week and then the other
social medias are there just for the support, but the main focus goes to my youtube
channel. You can also set up your online shop or display at local restaurants, hotels,
galleries, there's so many options for you. Tip number four: you need an arts degree to become
an artist. Or do you? I know many talented people who never studied art and became a great artist.
On the other hand I know many people who studied art and never continued their art journey, so it
really depends on you. If you've got the urge to create then you should go for it.
No matter what
degree you have. Or you don't have to have any kind of degree. You can still become a great
artist. Me personally, I'm a master of art, but I didn't study painting. I studied film
direction and screenwriting and I know a lot about history of art which helps. It's quite
helpful if you've got these kind of informations, but still if you don't go to university
or if you don't study art you can still do your research.
If you are willing to learn you
can do your research online. Nowadays there's so many options where you can learn. You can take
online courses, you can go to art galleries and get inspired there you, can study old masters,
you can do whatever you want which is amazing. You don't need a degree to become an artist.
Tip number five: be prepared for negativity. And some of you might think: why am I telling you
this tip. You are prepared to fight for your art, but negativity on social media, that's a brand new
level of negativity and although I was very lucky, because when I started I had such a positive and
great feedback from people, but from time to time (like every week) there's that one person who
tries to pass all their personal problems onto you by saying like your art is [ __ ] disgusting or
oh my god I hope you will never ever make another art, or like this is such a waste.
Why are you
doing this and you have to be prepared for this, because it can really let you down. From the
beginning you have to learn how to ignore these kind of people, because staying in negativity
doesn't help. You should have a positive approach and it's totally fine if others don't like
your work. Others can have different opinion, different tastes. You have to find your inner
happiness within you and find your true self and be authentic. Don't pretend to be somebody
else. Just try to find your inner truth. And last little tip is: if you feel stuck,
take a walk. I'm grateful that I can walk to my studio every day. It's like 15, 20 minutes
walk and it's like a meditation for me. Every time I walk, I come up with so many brand
new ideas and when I come here I already feel positive. I feel prepared for a brand new
creative day. So I hope you enjoyed this slightly different video. I hope you found some
tips. Thank you very much for your support and for watching my channel Mii paintings. I can't
wait to see you in my next painting tutorial, bye