you can learn painting

painting is fun!

  • Learn painting with the basics of successful paintings.
  • Oil, watercolor and acrylic all use the same basics to create beautiful paintings.
Learn Painting basic techniques of art with tutorials by the painting artist Carol May

My painting adventure began with high school art class and in college where I minored in art.

If you teach yourself painting, it is like walking across the United States. If you learn painting with a good teacher, it is like flying across the United States.

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

you can learn painting

painting is fun!

  • Learn painting with the basics of successful paintings.
  • Oil, watercolor and acrylic all use the same basics to create beautiful paintings.
Learn Painting basic techniques of art with tutorials by the painting artist Carol May

My painting adventure began with high school art class and in college where I minored in art.

If you teach yourself painting, it is like walking across the United States. If you learn painting with a good teacher, it is like flying across the United States.

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

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what helped me learn painting?

paint regularly

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.

  • When you paint on a regular basis, you put your artistic learning into overdrive!

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 wholesale tropical fish business with numerous outdoor fish 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 to you.




learn the basics of successful paintings

Freedom, a prophetic painting of a horse by Carol MayUse the basics to create beautiful paintings.

composition

Composition comes naturally to some people, but it can also be learned.

Learn how to make paintings that draw the viewer in.

Easy CompositionEasy Composition

focal point

What is the main subject of your painting? 

The main subject will be the focal point of your painting.

Focal PointFocal Point

values

One of my early painting lessons was to do a painting with only one color.

It taught me to use values, instead of color.

ValuesValues

color is the icing on the cake

You are probably anxious to start with color.

Color is probably one of the reasons I'm an artist because I absolutely love color.

A basic understanding of the Color Wheel makes it fun and easy to use color.

Color WheelColor Wheel

what colors should you buy?

The paint colors on my palette (both watercolor and oil paints) are based on the color wheel.

My Favorite ColorsFavorite 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.

Mix Paint ColorsMix Paint Colors

select colors for an individual painting

Plan out your colors before you start painting.

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

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 to create your individual paintings.


most importantly - have fun learning to paint!




concrete tools for learning how to paint

  • Easy Composition for Appealing Paintings

    Easy composition takes the stress out of painting. Use the rule of thirds and other composition tips to create paintings that pull the viewer in.

  • 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.

  • Creating a Focal Point In Paintings

    The focal point is the main emphasis of a painting. It is what attracts the viewer’s eye. What tools do artists use to create focal areas in their paintings?

  • 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.

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