1. When you get paint on your fingers, don’t put your fingers in your mouth. Many paints, pigments, and media are poisonous.
2. For the same reason, don’t put your brush in your mouth.
3. When you run out of hands and you do put your brush in your mouth, don’t put the bristle end in—just the handle.
4. Don’t fight with other painters.
5. If you must fight, don’t fight with brushes and palette knives. This wastes paint and might be dangerous.
6. A brush isn’t a “pencil” (at least not anymore :-) — so you don’t have to hold it like a pencil. In fact, bigger brushes usually ought to be held like a ping-pong paddle.
7. When it seems as if a canvas doesn’t like you, it probably isn’t you that’s the problem. The canvas just doesn’t like what you are trying to put on it. Paint something else.
8. It you want your oil paints to like you, learn to appreciate the aroma of linseed oil and resin mixed with turpentine. Just don’t sniff the turpentine.
9. Acrylics don’t have an aroma and are nasty. If you get acrylic on your clothes get it off with water right away. Otherwise you will become a permanent artwork.
10. Don’t just paint what you see—try to see what you paint.