Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Starting to paint

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    North Carolina, USA
    Thanked 71 Times in 54 Posts

    Starting to paint

    Greeting CA. In college I came to my senses and took art classes but they were all drawing and digital. I usually color in color pencil and have tried in soft and oil pastels, thinking it was a good bridge to painting, but failed miserably. So I never got around to learning to paint. The only painting I did was in color theory, but it was more so mixing colors and doing color exercises, not making proper "paintings".

    I have the acrylic paint, oil paint, thick paper, and brushes. Now all I have to do is learn to use them. So were do I start? And I mean from the absolute bear basics. I tried painting the other day (a garbage can from life) and I mixed the colors (they turned out sort of accurate I guess) but I could not fashion it into an actual "painting." How do you get from mixed colors and blank paper/canvas to painting.

    As seen in my sketchbook, I'm capable of painting digitally, if you want to call them paintings.
    Love means never having to say "you're a special snowflake."

    Take a look at my sketchbook
    And my blog
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Thanked 5,868 Times in 3,972 Posts
    It depends on what you're going for. If you're going to do it in one sitting, making sure each brush stroke puts the correct colour down first time helps. Hold your paintbrush out in front of you against the bit you're going to paint to check. Make a few messes to find out what does and what doesn't work. You're not going to get it right first time, so you might as well enjoy the process.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    WA State
    Thanked 1,272 Times in 887 Posts
    Do you have an image of the garbage can to post?

    (I'm guessing in advance that you're having a problem with getting your acrylics to produce the "values" that you need.)

    You might try 0 to 10 value charts-- both in grayscale and colors-- to drill on physically getting the paint to do what you want it to do.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Northern California
    Thanked 4,906 Times in 2,547 Posts
    "Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner" by Steve Allrich is a pretty decent starting place. So is Macpherson's "Fill Your Paintings With Color and Light". IMHO you're best bet is to do some research into teh artists you admire and see if they offer classes or a workshop. Then take one - any decent teacher usually has no trouble with beginning level students, and you'll take three giant steps forward.
    What would Caravaggio do?

    Plein Air
    Still Life
    Sight Measuring
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  6. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to JeffX99 For This Useful Post:

Similar Threads

  1. Starting to paint?
    By JParrilla in forum ART DlSCUSSION
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: July 30th, 2008, 12:06 AM
  2. Art: How do you use Pros-aide to paint latex? {Paint tests (sans ProsAide) 06/02}
    By MikeMakesMonkeys in forum 3D ART, SCULPTURE ART & TOY ART
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: February 6th, 2007, 09:56 AM
  3. Starting (again) to paint: crits and hints welcome!! :-)
    By FabioM in forum ART CRITIQUE CENTER
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: August 19th, 2005, 03:54 PM
  4. Starting to Paint in PS 7, but really lost. HELP!
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: March 14th, 2005, 09:02 AM
  5. Starting to paint again
    By Maizekid in forum ART CRITIQUE CENTER
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: August 8th, 2003, 04:03 AM

Members who have read this thread: 0

There are no members to list at the moment.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  • 424,149 Artists
  • 3,599,276 Artist Posts
  • 32,941 Sketchbooks
  • 54 New Art Jobs
Art Workshop Discount Inside

Developed Actively by
SpringOfSea's Sketchbook