Anyone can learn how to draw and paint. If that is all you learn from me, then I will consider this website worthwhile.
I created this website for two reasons:
- To document and assist my own learning as an artist; and
- To communicate what I learn to other artists.
It can be very overwhelming when confronted by the vast amount of information you must learn as an artist, especially if you do not have the luxury of going to a decent art school. My mission is to help those who did not have that luxury learn how to draw and paint using simple but effective methods which you can apply broadly in all your paintings. I believe it is more important to learn how to make decisions in painting rather than specific processes which are only useful for certain situations.
I have invested hundreds of hours reading, learning and making mistakes over the past years and will continue to invest into art as I age. You will learn what I have learnt and continue to learn on my art journey.
The information here is catered to anyone interested in the arts, whether that be someone who has never touched a paint brush to a more seasoned painter interested in improving.
You will learn everything you need to know from the basics of drawing through to making the finishing touches on a painting.
Drawing and painting are simple to pick up, but extremely difficult to master. If you find yourself timid to take up art because you do not think you have 'natural talent' then you need to change your mindset.
Nobody was born a master of anything. Hard work is all you should be worried about. As far as natural talent goes, just assume you have it and leave it at that.
There are many 'rules' which other teachers will say you must follow to be successful. I do not believe there are any rules in art which are so important you must follow. Having said that, there are many techniques and methods which are commonly used and taught for a reason. You should have a knowledge of the 'rules' but not be bound by them. They are merely tools for creating art.
I will not teach you how to be an amazing artist, nor will I teach how to be successful. That is purely up to you.
Rather, I will teach you the general tools and knowledge for you to build a solid foundation for the rest of your artistic journey.
The dominant theme of the website is painting, as it is what I practice and enjoy the most. Drawing is discussed, but mostly in connection to painting.
I also paint mostly with oils, but most of the information can be applied broadly across all painting mediums. I started painting with acrylics and really, the only difference from oils is the techniques used to apply the paint. The fundamentals remain the same.
I will leave you with a quote from the great Pablo Picasso:
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist”.
Enjoy the website and happy drawing and painting.