Michael James Smith

is creating Photo Realistic Oil Paintings

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I love to paint. And I'm lucky enough to be good enough at it to make a living from selling what I paint. But just as much I enjoy sharing my methods and techniques with people who also love to paint. I've found the best way to reach as many people as possible is via YouTube.

I've put together this Patreon account with the aim of creating more and more artwork showing a much greater variety of subject matter which I can then share with you. I’m still working it out however, for example, how will it fit in to my existing business model and what will patrons really want to see. Well luckily, I have a few ideas.

In my opinion there are three types of artist. There’s the hobbyist who loves the act of creating whatever takes their fancy, would dearly love to do it more often but work, kids, grand kids, you name it, life in general just gets in the way. Then there’s the “I only have to fart on a canvas, pickle a shark and I’m made for life” kind of artist who let’s be honest is more of a BS artist, fun to have around but……..you know. Then there’s the modern journeyman professional “you’re making a mistake” artist (me) who has given up the chance of a sensible career and any hope of a normal life to follow this passion of artistic endeavour. Now I can’t speak for the first two but I know enough professional artists to know that it can be great and also not so great.
To really make it work you have to concentrate on one style and keep practising that day in and day out until one day (hopefully) a gallery owner/agent says “I’ll take your work on the condition that you will let me lie to you about how much I’m actually going to sell it for. I also need your agreement that you won’t knock my teeth out every time I talk down to you which unfortunately for you will be very often.” There are more of these around than you’d think! Don’t even get me started on soul-sucking business partners😉 They’re worse.

I've been lucky enough in recent years to establish very happy relationships with my agent and my current galleries......... Just for the record and just in case they're reading this!

Problem is, you’ve done all of that but now you’re on a treadmill. You can pay the bills which is great but now you can’t paint anything else because of demand, unless of course the purchase of your children's love with Cinnamon Grahams etc is unnecessary (sadly this very necessary in my home). Don’t get me wrong, I love painting my landscapes but just sometimes I’d kill for a change of scene (forgive the pun) and a different breakfast cereal.

Enter social media. All of a sudden, the professional artist has a way to escape the financial handcuffs and pushy business partners! YouTube has been an inspiration to me and, as I said earlier, I hope with your donations and support I will be able to produce more regular videos of diverse and interesting subjects and continue to force a path towards something that looks, just a little bit, like freedom. If painting’s your passion or you’d like it to be, buckle up, take a deep breath, let’s get painting!

Lastly, I’d like to thank you for your support, whatever form that takes. You’re the best. I just wanted you to know that😊

Mike


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