How to learn to paint

A lot of people have been asking me for tips and suggestions when they first pick up a paint brush.

Let me cut straight to the point and say that if you're enjoying yourself and you're feeling the process, then that is it; you're doing it right.

Art is a form of meditation and mindfulness, an artist usually thinks in a different format to most people and art is the expression they so desperately crave. We create because we have to. Creating things is a part of who we are. 

Now, having said all of this, I do have my top 3 simple suggestions to maximize enjoyment for first timers.

1. You don't need to buy expensive paint.

Paint and other mediums can be quite expensive, leave that hassle for those selling their work. When you're starting out for your own enjoyment; head to Kmart or any cheap store and just grab yourself some primary colour poster paints (plus black and white for tones). Experiment with making your own textures and colours and really embrace the journey of learning different mediums. This stage is about learning and experimentation.

2. The same goes for tools.

Like paint, you really don't need to spend a fortune on the top notch equipment. My first paintings were made on the floor over an old sheet, using dollar store brushes, poster paints and a cheap plastic cake server knife as my palette knife. 

3. Canvases aren't mandatory. 

You don't need to use canvas if you don't want to. I can't repeat enough how important it is to express yourself and experiment with different options. How will you stand out otherwise? I love to work with canvases but that can be costly and expensive to ship. Use whatever you find, paint a pot, paint a piece of wood you've cleaned up, paint on mixed medium paper from craft stores. Use it all, try it all to find your direction.

In summary, my advice is to experiment as much as possible, don't be so critical on yourself, embrace the learning experience before trying to reach professional standards. It's truly important.


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