who wants to learn to paint?
We (including myself) want to learn more about painting. There is always more to learn! As long as we keep painting, we keep learning.
People often ask, "How long does it take to learn to paint - to become an artist?"
let me ask you
- "How long does it take to learn to play the piano?"
There is no exact amount of time to learn to play a piano. It all depends on how much we practice.
When someone starts playing, we don't expect them to immediately play with the symphony orchestra.
We first have to learn the different notes of the scale.
Our fingers need to learn to hit the correct notes.
We may have to learn to read music, etc., etc.
Daily painting speeds learning.
Before we can play with the symphony it takes practice - lots and lots of practice!
- How often does a baker go to work in their bakery?
- Does a
shoemaker work in his shop only once a month?
- How about a photographer,
do they take photographs only when they are on vacation?
No, they work at their trade often, many times daily.
learning to paint is the same!
Painting takes practice, lots of practice.
The hardest thing about
painting is getting started.
Once we get started,
it seems like time just flies by because we are so engrossed in the process of
- Getting started has been my stumbling block.
Painting has been put off until there is a full day to paint.
often does that happen?!? Rarely, so my painting sessions have been
very intermittent. Sigh!
- Striving for perfection is another stumbling point.
We can't expect to play a symphony every time we paint. That's not good. It takes the joy out of painting.
what's the answer?
- Paint more often. We don’t have to do a painting daily, just paint more often.
- Keep your heart and mind open to
learn new things.
Everyone has a different time restraints. When our heart
is set on doing something, we make time.
Myself personally, I am going to
paint smaller, more often, and for shorter periods of time.
Instead of painting for perfection -
Practice is a fun way to learn!
Then I don’t feel so bad if it doesn't turn out good - it's just practice.
Am I happy with this 8"x10" Sunflower painting - not really?
But, I relaxed and enjoyed it more. The looser
feel reflects the joy of painting.
painting daily takes child-like faith
A child plays the scale on the piano over and over with dreams of playing in the symphony one day.
Aspiring artists do "practice paintings" over and over on their way to becoming an accomplished painter.
Painting daily is not my habit, but I'm working on making painting a regular habit.
You can do it, too.
This Monarch Butterfly painting and the Banded Butterfly fish up the page are both 8"x8" paintings.
A 6"x6" or an 8"x8" make it easy to complete a painting in a day.
From time-to-time I will share a daily painting on this page.
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what made me want to paint more?
- This book encouraged me to paint more!
"Daily Painting" is for the artists who
not only want to paint more often, but want to learn more about
The author, Carol Marine is very knowledgeable about painting. The book is full of all kinds
of painting knowledge and tips.
enjoy your painting journey!