Hello, i suppose my situation is a bit rare, but...maybe not.
I'm in high school, and i have never received any formal art training, but i draw all the time. I have sold quite a few graphite on paper works and i would consider myself in the low end of the advanced bracket for illustrating with pencil. All these years using only pencil, and now i would like to expand into the realm of painting and colored pencils. Since i think i can handle colored pencils for the most part with experimentation, i really need some help with painting, i am near clueless with technique and process. I have fooled around with some oil paints a while back, but since i had some bad experiences with painting as a child (hated the smell, too much clean up, couldn't handle the brush efficiently, etc.) just small things that frustrated me when i was younger that has pretty much turned me off of painting until now. I know there are numerous tutorials on these forums of different aspects of art, but i find most of the ones involving painting are generally digital painting, or they assume one has had experience with paint and brush (no offense to anyone who has made a tutorial on here). I just think I need some basic instructions or ground rules for painting, and classes aren't really an option for me right now due to schedule/cost. If some one could lay down some rules for beginners, the process of how you should start different kinds of paintings, anything that would help a beginner who is lost on where to begin. Also, i really like realism, surrealism, and some impressionist paintings. So which type of paint/canvas/ brushes would you recommend? I already have a set of brushes a relative gave me and some old tubes of oil paints.
Thanks a lot, any and all information is much appreciated.