Learning to paint: my way (hard but efficacious)
I am a selftaught painter. I believe, as it is my own experience, that you can learn to draw and/or paint studying and practicing hard, possibly every day. You must be motivated, you must be alert and sensitive. If you never admired nature, if you never observed a human face in detail, if colours and forms cause no reaction in you, how do you want to be a good painter? Don't get fooled by right brain theories. Yes, you have to switch your brain in order to be able to observe reality but it is not enough. You must work, draw and paint, and refine your sensibility. Read books about art, go to exhibitions, observe grand masters' works. Let art get into your soul and mind. If you want to be a really good artist, art must be your main interest, you must feel it, see it in everything about you. If you work hard you'll see results. Don't rush, be patient. Be humble but positive and self-confident. Enjoy your lifelong travel through art. Progress is guaranteed on long term. Sometimes it's very difficult, sometimes easier, there are many frustrations but also rewarding experiences.
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"I learn the techniques and I'll be able to create art effortlessly" FALSE!
Whatever are you'll skills, it will be always an effort, also because as you learn you'll wish to get to higher levels. Recently I have read this phrase on the site of a Web Academy: "Creation is an Effortless Perfection!"
Real art is never effortless, it requires the whole person, as some famous painter said. Many great artists have actually suffered while creating, it requires attention, concentration, enormous effort because it comes from the soul. You touch the sky when you paint.
No pain, no gain.
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