what helped me learn painting?
- When you paint on a regular basis, you put your artistic learning into overdrive!
If someone is learning to play the piano, they practice daily. Many professional artists paint every day.
Paint regularly, no matter whether you paint daily, weekly or monthly - paint regularly.
share your paintings
- Share with your family and art-oriented people.
Join a local art association. Paint with other artists. Go to classes. Go to art shows. Get feedback.
Sharing and seeing other artwork will encourage you and stimulate you with new ideas.
paint familiar things
- The best place the start painting is to paint the things you see around you. You do the best job of painting subjects you understand.
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.
Paint what is familiar.
what makes successful paintings?
- Several elements of art are used to create successful paintings.
The art elements include such things as; line and form, space and shape, texture, value and color. Then there is balance and movement, pattern and proportion, etc.
Many of these elements just come about while you are painting. For example, line and texture, patterns and so-on can happen while you are painting. They have a lot to do with how you handle the brush and manipulate the paint.
It can get quite technical and boring.
Use the basics to create beautiful paintings.
learn painting with these basic art elements
- Let's keep it simple with just 4 basics; composition, focal point, values and color.
Study and apply these art elements to shift your art journey into warp speed.
Good composition makes the viewers feel comfortable in your paintings.
comes naturally to some people, but it can also be learned.
It's easy to compose good paintings when you know how.
The focal point is the main subject of your painting.
It is what made you want to paint the subject.
Correctly painted focal points make your paintings stand out.
Learn to see and use values in your paintings.
Value is the lightness and darkness of colors. The dark Bluebird shows up well against the light background.
Values are the backbone of good paintings.
color is the icing on the cake
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.
after you have a grasp of the color wheel, then -
what colors should you buy?
- Single pigment colors mix beautiful additional colors.
The paint colors on my palette (both watercolor and oil paints) are based on the color wheel.
What paint colors are good to use?
Mix Paint Colors
paint often to speed your learning
While you learn painting, you are going to want to do some of the how-to-paintings.
I snap pictures when I am doing a painting and carefully document all the steps.
The why and how of each step is fully explained. Follow the steps and practice to learn painting.
- Use the methods with your own subjects and create your own individual paintings.
most importantly - have fun learning to paint!