Hey, everyone, I'm Olga and I'm here to help you on your journey through the world of art materials and acrylic painting.
Just like you, I'm super passionate about visual and fine arts, and acrylic paint as a medium is one of my favorites. I truly believe that there is a creative spark in every single one of us, whether it's a passion for artistry or photography, scientific discoveries, engineering achievements, the development of Internet technology, film directing and much more. And it's very important to grow this little spark and develop yourself in the niche, where your heart belongs.
You are never too young or too old to start!
On this website, I want to help everyone to build a solid foundation of necessary knowledge about acrylic painting materials and tools. I will be giving you my personal recommendations and tips. Also, I will help you to set your workspace and choose all the right supplies.
I love to talk about art and creativity! So if you have anything interesting that you want to share or any opinions of any of the content I have created on my site, please do speak up. I love feedback in every form.
Now to me and my journey through the art of painting...
I was born and raised in Ukraine and immigrated to Canada at age of 20. Right now I live with my husband in the beautiful city of Victoria - the capital of British Columbia. I have always been attracted to art as a kid and teenager, but I never took it seriously as I was taught by my parent and probably society that each and every person supposed to get a "serious profession" and "real job", and painting doesn't qualify under any of these categories...
Nevertheless, at age of 18-19, I start to realize that this is what I really like to do. The first time I took myself into painting "for real" was only when I moved to Canada. I started with simple sketches and first attempts to use paints. And fairly quickly I realized that the process of drawing and painting doesn't only bring me joy, but also allows to express myself, my ideas, not to mention the pleasure to see the resulting picture.
Study, practice, rinse, repeat
I don't have any formal art education, and honestly, thanks to the accessibility of information, I don't think it's still mandatory for the artists. I'm not saying that you don't need to educate yourself, because you really do, but you just don't need to pay thousands of dollars for that anymore.
So when I realized how much I love to paint, I began to take different courses, study history of art, learned about existing painting techniques etc... And I highly recommend to all of you to set aside some time to study the basic principles and theories. Inter alia composition, color theory, and basic techniques, which are the subject of some articles on my website.
All these art supplies
Throughout the years, I’ve dug deeper into many art themes, and tried and compared A LOT of different paints, brushes, surfaces, and other tools. In the beginning, it was very difficult to figure things out. I think you know that feeling when you walk into the art store and just get lost in the plenty of items. Everything looks so nice and cool, and you get so excited and literally want to buy EVERYTHING! And you end up buying things you don't even really need. Sounds familiar? You bet! I know how frustrating it is not to know what is right for you, and what materials and tools you need to work in the selected style, or to achieve the desired effect.
While I have been through my own “trial and error” experiments, I formulated my "must have" and "must know" lists. And this is when the idea of this website was born. I realized how amazing it would be to share the knowledge and skills I've got with painting beginners who just like me didn't get a chance to get formal painting education.
The best part about painting...
For me, the best part about painting is that I can implement my interests and passions in my artworks. For example, I'm really into Yoga and Hinduism, thus it has been a favorite subject of my latest paintings:
I'm always happy to connect with my readers, so feel free to find me on Facebook - Olga Sobolieva, subscribe to Smart Art Materials Facebook Page, and if you want to see more of my artworks, check out my Instagram - @olga_soby.
Success - is only 5% of talent and 95% of hard work...
Construction of the house begins with the foundation and creative experience with basic knowledge and lots of practice. So let the Smart Art Materials help you with this hard work, and your creative potential will become a reality!
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I wish you all the best on your personal art journey, be creative, never judge yourself, and have fun! 🙂
Founder of Smart Art Materials