what do you need to start?
These are the basic steps to start a painting. Use them to start your own paintings and do the how-to paintings.
The how-to painting pages have painting techniques for either oils or watercolors. During the painting, I snap photos of the steps of painting. Each step is carefully explained with what and why of what I am doing.
choose your subject
What do you want paint? A good place to start is to choose something around you.
We are familiar with our surroundings. We do a better job of painting things we know and understand.
You may have photos you took on your vacation, a photo of your pets or your flowers, etc.
I was getting ready to move and Road-runners live where I was going. It was fun to paint, "Going Places".
- A Word of Caution If you use a photo from a postcard, a calendar or a
magazine, they are covered under copyright laws.
You cannot copy
them directly without giving credit to the photographer.
Artist's paintings are covered by the same copyright laws.
get your supplies
choose your paints
Choose your painting media (watercolor, oils or acrylics).
Professional artist grade
paints have more pigment and cover better than student grade
- Choose brushes suited for your paint.
what size will you paint?
Small things like hummingbirds or butterflies, I put into small-scale paintings.
Most of my landscapes and critters go into larger sizes.
what will you paint on?
Choose the painting support suited to your media - paper, canvas or panels.
pick a time and a place
do you have everything?
- Your subject
- Drawing paper, pencil, eraser and graphite paper
- Paint and brushes for your media
- A support to paint on
- Clean-up materials for your media, including a rag or paper towels
- Good light and ventilation in your painting area
Are you ready to have fun?
- Set aside time to paint.
Painters make the most rapid progress, when they paint regularly. There is a new trend of Daily Painting.
Actually dedicated artists have painted daily for generations. It just like learning to play the piano. The more we practice the better we get.
- Have a special place to paint.
If it's possible, have an area where you can leave your paintings things out.
You are more likely to paint, if you don't have to put them away between sessions.
how to start painting a picture
The groundwork is laid. Now comes the fun part - the joy of painting a picture!
how to painting - landscapes
Paint the background first. This would include such things as the sky, distant hills or water.
Then come forward in the painting and paint the middle ground.
Lastly paint the foreground and the details.
how to painting - portraits
When you are painting anything close up like birds, flowers, etc., paint the main subject first.
Then paint the background around the main subject.