For the beginner, the idea of picking up a paintbrush and making marks can be daunting. A fear of failure may stem from an overbearing inner critic that can create a mental block for creativity. How does the beginner make progress?
Painting Advice for the Beginner
Self-castigating thoughts on aspects such as the angles, the colours and whether it looks amateurish must never taint the beginner’s experience with paint, for this may sap all self-confidence from the would-be artist. Some solace might be sought from the fact that this is a common affliction. The following thoughts might help the beginner get to grips with the idea of using paint.
One must be lenient during the learning, and to view the creative process of painting rather like a child. Enjoying and to experimenting with paint is important if one is to continue to develop. Mistakes will happen, and sometimes this may be in the form of "happy accidents," resultant effects that were unintended but interesting, and one to note for a future painting.
Oil Painting Inspirationstill life or subject matter in the garden can be used, or inspiration from an abstract work. The following pointers might help the beginner gain confidence.
Exercises in Oil Painting Techniques
Experimenting with how the same two colours look when one is applied over the other as in thin glazes.
The behaviour of paint when applied with different implements other than brushes, such as palette knives, sponges, toothbrushes or even combs.
Experimenting with how a colour looks against different coloured backgrounds.
Oil Painting Beginner's Guide
Making marks and exploring paint is what painting is all about. Emulating the great Expressionist and Abstract artists is a good way of completing a very first painting without worrying too much about vanishing points and accuracy. The following great artists might provide the beginner with some inspiration from which to work from.
Using bright colours, interesting shapes, animated lines and brush marks will more often than not produce interesting results in painting. More questions might present themselves for the artist and create a starting point for a series of paintings.
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