you can learn painting

beautiful, successful art paintings
in oil, watercolor and acrylic
all use the same basic art principles

Learn Painting basic techniques of art with tutorials by the painting artist Carol May
  • If you learn painting by yourself, it's like walking across the United States.
  • If you learn with a good teacher, it's like flying across the United States.

Let me share what I have learned.....


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what helped me learn painting?

paint regularly

  • 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.

Koi Feeding by the painting artist Carol MayPaint 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.

Freedom, a prophetic painting of a horse by Carol MayUse 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.


composition

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.



focal point

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.



values

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?


My Favorite ColorsChoosing Colors


mix paint colors

  • Color is what makes a painting sing.

We don't have to buy all the beautiful colors from the paint store. We can mix any color from a basic palette.

You can save money when you know how to mix paint colors.


Mix Paint ColorsMix Paint Colors


select the colors for your individual paintings

  • Plan out your colors before you start painting.

A color scheme with a limited number of colors makes a harmonious painting.

The color schemes frequently used by many artists.


Color SchemesColor Schemes

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!

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concrete tools for learning how to paint

  • Gorgeous Butterfly Paintings

    What a joy doing Butterfly Paintings! Butterflies are so awesome! When I see these gorgeous creatures in my yard, I snap photos for more paintings by Carol May

  • How to Start A Painting

    Learn how to start a painting with 5 easy steps. Use the principles of fine art for your creations and confidently paint following the step by step tutorials.

  • Color Wheel - The Artists' Best Friend

    The color wheel is the artists’ best friend and favorite tool. Use primary, secondary, tertiary, warm, cool and complimentary colors for successful paintings.

  • Painting Daily by Carol May

    Can painting daily really make you a better artist? You don’t have to paint perfect. Just paint more often. Regular painting will put your art into overdrive!

  • Using Values in Our Paintings

    It’s fun painting color, but values are the backbone of successful paintings. Use the light and darkness of colors to create strong, attractive paintings.

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