you can learn painting

basic concepts for all types of painting

How did I learn painting? I took art classes in junior high school and college and it was fun. As a matter of fact I actually minored in art in college.

When my mother retired she took up painting. She and I enjoyed going to various hands-on painting classes together.

What did I learn that helped me along the way?

paint regularly

I think the best advice I can give anyone who wants to learn painting - is to paint regularly.

If someone is learning to play the piano, they practice every day.

Many professional artists paint every day.

I am not saying you should paint every day.

But do paint regularly - whether it is daily, weekly or monthly.

Regular painting will put your learning into overdrive!

share your paintings

Share your paintings with your family and art-oriented people. Join a local art association. Go to classes.

Go to art shows. Get feedback. Sharing and seeing other artwork will stimulate you with new ideas.


Learn to do a bit of drawing. It is not necessary to become proficient in drawing before your start painting.

But you need to get your general ideas down on paper. Your drawing skills will improve the more you draw.

When you start a new painting, it is a good idea to do a thumbnail sketch of what you are going to paint.

paint familiar things

One of the first things I learned was that you can't do a good job of painting subjects you don't understand.

The best place the start painting is to paint the things you see around you.

My parents had a wholesale tropical fish business. We had numerous outdoor ponds for the fish.

When we fed the fish, they would all swarm around the food.

So "Koi Feeding" was a natural for me to paint.

Learn Painting with artist Carol May - A painting of Paint A Familiar Subject

learn painting basics

Learn painting basics that are used for all types of painting. Oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings all use the same basics.

get an idea

Ask yourself - Why do I want to paint? What is the purpose of the painting? What do I want to portray?

Your painting will go more smoothly when you get the idea firmly fixed in your mind.

focal point

What is the main subject of your painting?  The main subject will be your Focal Point of your painting.

The focal area or the focal area of the painting is what will draw the viewer into the painting.


Composition is an important aspect of learning to paint. Composition comes naturally to some people, but it can also be learned.

There are some Easy Composition concepts you can follow to make appealing paintings.


Learn to see and use Values in your paintings.

My first painting lesson from my mother was to do a painting with only one color. It taught me to depend on values to make the painting, instead of using only color.

When I taught my students in Florida, I would do the same thing. I would have them do a value painting with only one color plus white. When they had a firm grasp of values, then we would start using color.


You are probably anxious to start with color. I am the same way.

i absolutely love color. I think that is one reason I am an artist. The colors I use on My Palette.

Learn How to Choose Colors for your paintings.

I use the Color Wheel to select the colors for each of my paintings.

The Color Schemes I use for my paintings.

These are the basics to learn painting. They will soon become second nature to you. And you will confidently enjoy painting.

do the how-To-Paintings

You are going to want to practice some of the how-to-paintings.

I snap pictures when I am doing a painting. I carefully document all the steps I do. I fully explain why I do each step.

Follow the steps to practice the painting basics.

Then use my methods with your subjects to create your own individual paintings.

Most importantly - Have fun learning to paint!

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