Millions of people are painting and you can learn how to paint, too!
Let me share a few simple things to jump start your painting journey.
You may want to paint your children, your pets, a tree in the backyard or your favorite fishing hole.
Paint things that are familiar to you.
My parents had a tropical fish business with outdoor ponds. When we fed the fish, they would all swarm around the food.
So "Koi Feeding" was a natural for me to paint.
One type of paint is not better than the others. You may actually try different types of painting mediums to decide which one you prefer.
Student paints are less expensive for starting out. Artist paints (professional paints) are actually a better buy. They cost more than student paints because they contain more pigment. So they cover better and produce more intense colors.
Start out simple. Begin with the primary colors.
You will also need large tube of white for oil and acrylic painting.
Start painting with these colors. Later you may add other colors to your palette, if you desire. Mixing other colors from these three primary colors is easy with a little practice
Watercolors and acrylic paintings use water. Oil paintings require mineral spirits.
Learn how to paint watercolors on watercolor paper. Later you may use aquaboard or canvas. More answers about using watercolor.
Oil and acrylic painting are normally painted on canvas or panels. Beginner's questions about how to oil paint.
You will also need a palette to lay out your colors for painting. When you start out, a Styrofoam plate or an old kitchen plate will work just fine.
Learning how to paint takes practice. We learn by doing.
The step-by-step paintings have the instructions of the painting process. Each step has photos and details of how to do the painting.
Choose some that peak your interest and get started painting.
Learn how to use watercolor while painting a Rufous hummingbird visiting a yellow flower.
Follow the easy steps and learn while you paint.
In this beginners' tutorial you will learn what colors to use, the suggested brushes, what you can paint watercolor on, how to keep your colors clean and more.
Watercolor is a good place to learn how to paint.
You can paint a colorful Oriole with the beginning oil painting tutorial.
The tutorial includes the color scheme with the suggested brushes and colors. What is the best paint and the recommended solvent to use in the studio?
Photographs and full explanations of the painting steps are included.
How to Oil Paint gives additional detailed answers to frequently asked questions about how to use oil paints.
All art paintings use the same design elements of art. These elements are indispensable to the painting artist.
They are easy to learn and essential while you learn how to paint. Take the time to learn the basic elements and use them in all your paintings. These elements are the foundation of all successful paintings.
Use light and dark values. They are the backbone of good paintings.
Create a focal point or focal area to draw people into your paintings.
Composition is easy. Learn the rule of thirds and how to use it your artwork.
Paint regularly, no matter whether you paint daily, weekly or monthly - paint regularly.
If you are learning how to play the piano, you most likely practice daily. The same goes for painting. The more you paint, the faster you learn.
Many professional artists paint daily.
Join your local art association. Paint with other artists. Go to painting classes and art shows.
Seeing other's artwork and sharing your art will encourage you and stimulate you with new ideas. Plus, it's just fun to share.
There are pictures throughout the process of each painting. Each step is fully explained. You can learn how to paint by doing the tutorials.
Paint and learn the tutorials. Then use the same methods with other subjects to create your own individual paintings.