Every artist should experiment with new media

Rembrandt and Turner was both excellent examples of artists that continued to experiment with their medium throughout their lives.

You don’t go, you won’t know – Ivan van Vuuren

That’s exactly it! Unless you continue to experiment, you will not become excellent at what you do, but stay in one place. Doing the same thing over and over.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein

It’s good for any artist to be known for a specific style, but don’t let that be the only thing you do, Continue to experiment. Watch and study clips on youtube and google. Try different mediums. Mix them up and see what happens. You don’t know until you try.

Something new might be waiting around the corner.

Having already suffered the early loss of his wife and three of their children, Rembrandt’s later years were burdened with bankruptcy, acrimonious legal proceedings with a former lover, and the loss of his common-law wife and only remaining son. However, far from diminishing as he aged, Rembrandt’s creativity gathered new energy.

From the 1650s until his death in 1669, Rembrandt pursued an artistic style that was expressive and radical. His bold manipulation of printing and painting techniques and progressive interpretations of traditional subjects inspired generations of artists, earning him a reputation as the greatest master of the Dutch Golden Age.

Through famous masterpieces and rare drawings and prints, ‘The Late Works’ examines the themes that preoccupied Rembrandt as he grew older: self-scrutiny, experimentation, light, observation of everyday life and even other artists’ works; as well as expressions of intimacy, contemplation, conflict and reconciliation.

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