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7. Museums & Libraries

This again might be easier for those living in larger cities but if there are museums and/or historical libraries nearby, then consider taking a trip to one of them.

Examining old master’s paintings – their color choice, use of support, subject matter, the size of their work – and so forth, can help place your artwork in context.

You may want to look closely at a Seurat and then try your hand at pointillism. Or you might visit a section on Japanese earthenware and then practice painting similar patterns.

Consider visiting one section every few weeks or so to study a specific art period. This might help you incorporate broader applications into your work in your own style, but in a more structured manner.

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