As a new year begins I always try and think of ways in which I can improve my practice. So, here are a few tips I would give to aspiring artists.
Paint every day. Don't wait for inspiration before painting. See it as a job, some days you won't like what you produce and will feel uncreative and other days will be great and you will feel very productive. You need to keep going on the bad days to get to the good days.
Always clean your brushes. Get into this habit as soon as possible.
Believe that the work you produce is interesting because it comes from you. No one else has your back history so that makes what you make interesting in itself.
Surround yourself with artists that are working in the same medium as you; whether they be peers or tutors. These people will be a vital support throughtout your practice.