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June 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 221

When you start as a beginner there are so many things to learn and everything seems so difficult to do right. No doubt your expectations will be high and not unnaturally you will find your first attempts at drawing and painting disappointing.

Quite likely you want to speed up the learning process. You have ideas that you want to get down on paper that you just do not have the skill to make real. It is frustrating to say the least.

What are your options as an art beginner?

* A 'join-the-dots' method of learning to draw * A 'paint-by-numbers' system of learning to paint in oils, acrylics and watercolors

These were the kind of teaching mechanisms that have established themselves over the years to give a fast track tobecoming an artist. In many ways the 'join-the-dots' way of learning seems to offer good value but (and there's always a 'but!') it offers a very narrow outlook on art.

It might be a convenient way of getting a fast result but it does not give you what you need to advance your artistic ideas.

However, if you are more serious and want to be able to create artwork to a good amateur standard or fancy yourself as the next David Hockney the 'paint-by-numbers' approach will never give you what you want.

More precisely, the quickest and most reliable way of learning to be an artist will be the slow way. Yes, it sounds utterly stupid but when you take a moment to think about what I am going to say you will understand...

  • When you know how to draw recreating physical scenes from the real world outside onto a sheet of clean white paper will present you with no problems.
  • When you understand how paint materials work you can bring out the vivid color of life.

As you master color mixing the intensity of your emotional response to what you are drawing and painting will bring excited comments from your admirers. That's right, persevere and you will get interest in your work in proportion to your abilities and the level of interest you show in the work you do.

The only way of capitalizing on your potential is to make simple what at first seems complicated. And, the way you make complexity look simple is to break it down into basic units.

Take the example of a house which can be deconstructed visually as 2 simple units...

1. A rectangle for the main body 2. A triangular roof line

Okay, there are a few more considerations to make it fit to live in, including doors and windows, but you now have the measure of what constitutes a house.

It doesn't stop there. You can break down the square and triangle as shapes with 4 and 3 sides respectively.

There is far more to the KISS principle often used. Ignore the 'Keep It Simple Stupid' definition. There is nothing stupid in looking towards simplifying things to improve manageability. Yet, if you replace 'Stupid' with "for Success" you have a winning formula...

"Keep It Simple for Success!"

As you continue improving artistically you will learn a whole lot more about making child's play of even the most complex structures. There will always be challenges in art but imagine the satisfaction as you produce a swift brush mark that gives the impression of a background mountain range as a backdrop for your next landscape masterpiece.

"You don't have to draw every leaf to create the form of a tree"

Look for simplicity as the Impressionists once did and concentrate upon getting the line-work and color right. Your ability to get to the heart of what you see will help you work better and faster. Soon you will create artwork that shows your artistic abilities to the maximum.

Michael Dale is the author of The Simple And Easy Way To Paint Watercolors. Plenty of beginners choose watercolors but find them difficult to use and fail fast. By seeing the worst that watercolor can throw at you from the beginning, you learn quickly. Also, you gain confidence from the knowledge that even when things seem to be going wrong you can still get great painting results. Visit http://www.Paint-And-Draw.com to find out more.

Although you can't expect to produce great art instantly, during the 10 week course you cannot get a better start as an artist with numerous drawing tips and knowledge of natural color mixing using no more than 3 colors.

You can see examples of some of the unexpected surprises in store for you with the video at http://www.Paint-And-Draw.com/Painting-Videos/Simple-Watercolor-Paintings.

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