Today’s email question asks, “You keep saying anyone can learn to paint or draw and though I would like to I can’t even draw a straight line so how can that be?”
I have heard that so many times that I finally wrote and published a book titled, “How to Create Art Without Knowing How to Draw a Straight Line”.
The first thing anyone needs to have in order to do anything is to have a desire to do it and the next thing they need to do is to rid them self of any fear of failing.
Once you have those two things you need to make time even if it is 1 hour a day and that time needs to be free of any interruptions. It also needs to be consistent. You need to lock out any family criticism since family members often feel they have the right to tell you what to do or not do. If you want to do it in secret then just do it and not tell anybody about it.
Next you need to find someone who knows what they are doing to teach you what they know or in the event you cannot find an affordable teacher then invest in a book or DVD and just get started. Joining a group is often fun because they usually are beginners as you may well be.
I have a tendency to find people who know a great deal more than me about whatever it is I want to learn and because I am virtually fearless I have no qualms about joining them. That way I am learning from the best of them. However, back to painting and drawing, just remember that many artists use many tricks of the trade, techniques and tools to get what they want onto paper and canvas and these are the basics that you will need to acquire in order to go forward.
Painting and drawing consists of nothing but circles, triangles, squares, rectangles and straight lines put together in any genre using any medium to create a picture of what is in the creator’s mind, imagination or current emotion. It does not have to make sense to anyone but you and an occasional viewer. What it does do is to give the creator a release of emotion or desire to accomplish something. It will often require so much concentration that it gives the creator a tremendous relief from life’s other stresses and that is what creating art is often all about. One is never too old to start learning how to paint or draw.
I offer affordable beginner’s workshops or private lessons in any kind of drawing or painting medium.
May the creative force be with you…