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The Fine Art of Painting for the Novice Who Knows Nothing About It

Painting brings a riot of colours, lines, forms and shapes into the lives of those who dare to venture into this exciting field. While many may think it requires natural and inborn talent to get it right, the fact of the matter is that anyone can become a budding artist and even a professional with dedicated practice. 

Where Do I Start My Journey?

A newcomer to painting is probably quite apprehensive and full of questions about what should be done to nail the craft. Yet, there is nothing to worry about since with a little elbow grease and fresh passion for the unknown, nothing is impossible. When one’s mind is applied to painting as a bona fide beginner, much can be accomplished. 

There have been examples of great men in history who took up painting as newbies and gained a lot of satisfaction from their brushwork on canvas. Winston Churchill and George W. Bush are just two such examples. Churchill hesitated a thousand times before putting the first dab of paint on the white screen placed before him. As for Dubya, he may have been a wartime president, but after his time in office was over, he took to painting like a duck to water. Inspiration and creativity are not the preserve of the special people amongst us but may be accessed by anyone.

The Basics

 So, you want to learn how to paint, first as a student and maybe later on as an expert or master artist? Well, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will be guiding you in your passage through painting with style and sophistication. To begin with, you will need these simple necessities:

  • Colours: Here you have three rudimentary choices, and they are acrylic paints, watercolours and oil paints. The first two are better for beginners since they are easier to work with as media. The third one may get a little tricky, so it is better to stay away from it until later on in the game. There is also a fourth alternative which is somewhat of a wild card, and it is termed gouache. It is different from watercolours since it lends a matte and opaque finish instead of a weak light-transparent ending to the painting.
  • Brushes: There are soft, round and straight-tipped instruments of painting that come in all sizes. You can follow your instincts and mix-and-match to your heart’s content. Wash the brushes thoroughly with soap and water when you are finished with the task of amateur painting. 
  • Canvas & Varnish: Two more materials that serve as a starting point are a white canvas (or journal or even a sketchbook) and varnish. The former is the blank space meant for filling in with the creative expression of your imagination as a brand new painter. As for the latter, it preserves the finished product for display purposes. 

The Rest is Your Story (Write or Even Better Paint it Well)

 You can take practical hands-on classes (online in cyberspace or offline in the real world out there). Besides that, there are so many how-to books in stores scattered throughout the urban landscape that you can avail and learn from. Dab bright fluorescent paint on paper. Splatter splotches of electric colours on canvas. Use a palette knife to layer paint in a beautiful way. Also, employ pieces of cloth or small sponges to distribute the painted lines and forms while the paint is still wet. 

Explore, Experiment and Experience… 

Paint from real life such as a landscape or a person sitting down in front of you. Besides that, you can set up some still-life objects on a table and see where that takes you. Find new avenues and be free with your creativity. Banish all doubts from your mind and go with the flow. Even if you need a teacher in the beginning, within no time at all, you will be your teacher. It is advisable to get the hang of drawing before you dive into painting. Beyond that, the world of art awaits you to make bold inroads. As the late genius, Steve Jobs put it so well: “Make a dent in the universe”.  

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