You can learn how to paint! Millions of people are painting and you can too!
One type of paint is not better than the others. You may actually try different types of paint to decide which one you prefer.
Student paints are less expensive for starting out. Artist paints (professional paints) are a better buy than student paints because they contain more pigment and produce more intensive colors.
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. Learn more about using watercolor.
Oil and acrylic painting are normally painted on canvas or panels. Frequently asked questions about oils and how to use them.
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.
Start out simple. Begin with the primary colors.
You will also need large tube of white for oil and acrylic painting.
Learn to how to paint with these colors and how to mix more colors. Later you may add other colors to your palette, if you desire.
A few simple habits will jump start you painting journey.
You may want to paint your children, your pets, the 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.
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 will 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.
Art paintings all 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 basic 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.
Color is what makes your paintings sing!
Red, yellow and blue are the primary colors. Keep it simple and start learning how to paint with just these three colors.
Learn how to mix other colors from the three primary colors.
There are pictures throughout the process of each painting. Each step is fully explained. You can learn how to paint by practicing the tutorials.
Learn how to paint using the steps in the tutorials. Then use the same methods with your subjects to create your own individual paintings.