If you learn how to paint by yourself, it's like walking across the United States.
When you learn painting from a good teacher, it is like flying across the United States.
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These are a few basic things I did to learn painting. These simple habits plus learning four basics of art made me a painter.
Paint regularly, no matter whether you paint daily, weekly or monthly - paint regularly.
If you are learning how to play the piano, you probably 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 classes and art shows. Get feedback from your friends and family.
Sharing and seeing artwork will encourage you and stimulate you with new ideas.
The best place the start painting is to paint the things you see around 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.
Successful paintings contain the art elements of line, form, space, shape, texture, value, color.
Shift your art journey into warp speed with the art elements. Use the four most important basic elements of art.
Good composition makes the viewers feel comfortable in your paintings.
Composition comes naturally to some people, but it can also be learned.
It's easy to compose good paintings when you know how to use the rule of thirds.
Place your main subject on one of four intersections of the lines of thirds.
If you have a living subject such as a bird or people, always have them looking into the painting.
Don't place them near the edge of the painting looking out. Their gaze will carry the viewer's eye right out of the painting onto someone else's painting.
Use these and other easy composition guidelines when you compose your paintings.
The focal point is the main subject of your painting.
It is what made you want to paint the subject.
Correctly painted focal points draw the viewer into your paintings.
The painting's focal point or focal areas will have the highest value contrast in the painting.
We can also emphasize the focal areas by using warm vs. cool colors. We use soft and hard edges.
Learn to see and use values in your paintings.
Values are the backbone of good paintings. Value is the lightness and darkness of colors.
The dark Bluebird shows up well against the light background.
This painting also uses warm colors against cool colors. There are soft edges played against hard edges.
Understand the basic elements and then use them when you paint the how-to tutorials. All this is part of learning how to paint.
You are probably anxious to start using color.
Color is one of the reasons I'm an artist because I absolutely love color.
Understanding of the color wheel makes it easy to use and manipulate the colors in your paintings.
Learn the primary and secondary colors. And what tertiary colors are. What are complimentary colors?
When we mix our dark colors from complimentary colors for a painting, it maintains color harmony in the painting.
Choose either watercolor or oil paints are based on the color wheel.
We don't have to buy all the beautiful colors from the paint store.
A limited number of colors will make a harmonious painting.
I snap pictures when I am doing the painting and carefully document all the steps. Each step is fully explained. You can learn how to paint by following the tutorials.
Then you can use the methods with your subjects and create your own individual paintings.