When I started painting I had no clue what I was doing.
The painting on the left was my first ever attempt. I had the passion to paint but not the knowledge or the skills.
So because I didn’t paint a masterpiece in my first effort I assumed I had no talent for painting. And this is one of the big myths of artists … natural talent.
Talent is developed. You learn to become a good painter by doing these three steps:
1/ Get the Lessons You Need – You have to learn the basic skills and knowledge. Trying to paint without understanding the basics is a bit like trying to play chess without knowing how the pieces move. So you must get the lessons you need to improve.
2/ Practice, Practice, Practice – There is no short cut to becoming a good artist. You need to paint a lot over time to improve … but there is no point practicing the wrong thing. So step 2 only works if you do step 1 first right? But this is the fun part if you love painting. Practice is something you will want to do. You need lots of projects to practice though to keep the momentum going.
3/ Guidance & Feedback – Once you have the basic knowledge and skills, and you practice, practice, practice then the third thing you need is someone to give you honest feedback. Your friends and family will tell you that you are amazing regardless. You want someone, a mentor, to give you the honest truth designed to give you the truest path forward to good painting.
Follow these three steps and you will rapidly improve.
Students of mine who have followed the three steps have won awards at art shows, sold countless paintings, and started their own art schools. Most though just want to feel great about their painting.
You can too … I have you covered for all three of these steps – just click here
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