About Draw Paint Academy

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Welcome to Draw Paint Academy! My name is Dan Scott.

My aim with Draw Paint Academy is to provide you with high-level art education which is easy to understand.

I remember how frustrating it can be to learn art. There is certainly no shortage of information around, but good information is hard to come by.

Dan Scott, Three Boats at Kingfisher Bay, 2016
Dan Scott, Three Boats at Kingfisher Bay, 2016
The Early Days

I started painting at a very early age. I remember being inspired by some of the paintings which hung around the house from renowned Australian artists.

I was particularly interested in painting landscapes. That always felt so calming to me. I was not interested in communicating some hidden message or view, I just wanted to capture the beauty of the landscape (which is an ever challenging task).

Some of my childhood paintings are below:

Dan Scott, Early Paintings 3
Dan Scott, Early Paintings
Dan Scott, Early Painting - Impressionist Wave
The School Days

I have mixed feelings about art during my schooling years. I started with a great teacher who nourished my passion. But towards the later years my inspiration was crushed by a teacher who had no interest in teaching art.

Also, nothing was taught about the art fundamentals. I learned much more through my own trial and error than what I did from the school curriculum.

Doing The “Right” Thing

After school, I gave up on art and pursued a normal career in accounting. I spent a few years studying and working the standard 9-5 (more like 7-6).

I learned many things during this time, but my creative side started to feel a bit overlooked.

The Reinvigorated Days
Dan Scott, Queenstown, New Zealand, Oil, 12 x 16 Inches, 2019
Dan Scott, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2019

One day, I felt like I needed something to take me away from the busy schedule. So I decided to jump back into the art world after a lengthy break.

I basically had to learn everything from scratch again. I ventured onto Youtube, read all the blogs and just started painting.

This was a frustrating yet exciting period.

I was doing most of my learning by watching others paint. But I was not learning the theory behind what was going on. Trust me, this is not an efficient way to learn art. But few artists teach the theory and fundamentals, let alone teach it well. Most are more interested in demonstrating their skills.

It was around this time that my interest in color and the impressionist movement started. I was fascinated how masters like Claude Monet could use these short, jabbing strokes of color to create the illusion of form.

So I started to learn everything I could about color. Then composition. Then brushwork and all the other fundamentals of art. I figured that by learning these fundamental areas, I would better understand what goes on behind each stroke.

My art started to improve significantly after this shift in focus. I still have a long way to go myself, but hopefully I can help you out along the way.

I may not be the best artist in the world, but I strive to be one of the most helpful.

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Meet the Rest of the Team

I started Draw Paint Academy by myself, but over the years it has outgrown me. I now have a great team to support me.

Meet Chontele and Kobe. Chontele adds some much-needed organization to the business and keeps everything moving forward. Kobe is our loyal office assistant (though he does not seem to do much other than provide cuddles).

If you are new here, then feel free to check out the free articles which I publish about twice a week and make sure you subscribe to my mailing list for updates and exclusive tips. You can also see my paintings on the gallery page or on my personal website.

Thanks for joining me on Draw Paint Academy and for reading my story. I would love to hear more about you! Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments below.

Happy painting!

Regards

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228 comments on “About Draw Paint Academy”

  1. Hi Dan.

    I am very grateful for your leaflet. It made me realise how little I understood about art.

    I am at the very start of my artistic journey, quite literally at the beginning. So far I have painted one acrylic painting and a few silly pictures in watercolour. I have some water based oil paints but have yet to try them.

    I am very excited to be doing this right now. I am a very late beginner…I am 56.

    My reasons for doing art are three fold.
    1. I love the whole concept of art, (just looking at art simply absorbs me completely) and enjoy learning new things and new ways to do old things..
    2. My mother was a self taught artist and she always encouraged my creative side, in any direction it went.
    3. It distracts me from my spinal injury and arthritic pain.

    I am so very glad to have seen you guide on another art fans board in pinterest.

    I look forward to hearing from you. This journey is gonna be great! Thank you again for your leaflet. Its invaluable to me.

    Regards Rita

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          • Hi Dan, I’m a love to learn artist. I’ll try anything’s first I will work until I am satisfied with my work. My one problem is I don’t know when to leave my painting, I think oh, I’ll change this or that and it usually should have let the painting go! I’m anxious to hear from you.

          • Hello Dan Scott I learned much like you did in my experience with art I started very young completed my courses in art education and did the basics sketches drawings and paintings later I figured out the art world dealing with galleries was a click and in the commercial art field they really didn’t appreciate my art work and portfolios so I set everything aside for awhile but lately since the pandemic started me to create where I left off maybe I need a refresher and marketing again so here I am giving you a reply.

    • Hi Dan , just looked at some of your paintings, I visited New Zealand last year to attend my daughters wedding in Duneden, did few watercolor sketches there, your Queenstown painting brings back awesome memories. I am lucky enough to visit her in Brisbane next month as she now lives there, I intend to visit art galleries as part of my getting to know Brisbane. Do you give on line crits ? Happy painting Frances

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    • Hi Dan , just looked at some of your paintings, I visited New Zealand last year to attend my daughters wedding in Duneden, did few watercolor sketches there, your Queenstown painting brings back awesome memories. I am lucky enough to visit her in Brisbane next month as she now lives there, I intend to visit art galleries as part of my getting to know Brisbane. Do you give on line crits ? Happy painting Frances

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    • Hello Rita! I was moved by your email to Dan esp. mention of your spinal injury and arthritic pain…I am suddenly going through the same thing, had a needle in my knee for arthritic pain and injured my lower back at work, seeing a specialist this Friday.

      I too am older…59, I have always been called the ‘artist’ by my family. I am going to join Dan’s class. Took some classes in College back in the day, I have that work hanging on my walls.
      I live in Tennessee, USA. I’ve been to oz twice, I’m assuming you live down under. Well best wishes with your pain and your Art journey. Lilly

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      • Hi Bob! We didn’t have your new email in our newsletter system, but I have fixed this up for you and moving forward, you should start to recieve the emails. Thanks

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        • Dan, I may be interested in gaining access to your photos for painting ideas. I want to know if any were taken in cities, maybe a street in Paris, rather than just nature landscapes (which I also like). I just want a bit of info before spending 37$.

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  2. Hello Scott, I just read about the Mistakes we can make in our paintings, and I already picked out a few I made. So going forward im excited to say I understand how to correct these. So happy I foud your article on facebook. You now have a new follower. Many thanks for sharing your talent.

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      • Mr. Scott. I hope you see this and respond. I’m 79 and self taught. HA. I TOOK a photo with my phone of a beautiful setting of the inside of an ice castle chapel. I’m getting ready to toss the canvas to eliminate stress.

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      • Congratulations.
        You are very generous with your classes.
        Pam Patterson
        Pittsboro, NC
        73, former art teacher, elementary, always only two steps in front of my students!!!
        Still a curious learner, H2) colors mostly, a little acrylics, pastels etc.
        Also ADD, can u tell?
        Love Van Gogh and Monet. Cried when I 1st saw the water lilies. Degas, Cassett. Renoir, the Boating Party, Philips Museum in Washington. And the book about it.
        Whistler.

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    • Dan,
      Years ago I painted for a short time with oils. I did not particularly like oils. Did not paint for about 50 yrs. I am now 80+ and have resumed painting in acrylics.
      I consider myself above beginner, not quite up intermediate. My problem is I need to improve basic drawing skills.
      Do you have a class in basic drawing?

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    • Sounds like you got it together more than alot of artists. Keep doin what your doin it helps all of us in one way or another. Thanks.and by the way my mothers maiden name is Scott.

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  3. I just started about a month and hald ago. 61 years old and I too loved art in High school, but didn’t doing anything for a long time, been reading books and learning different things, trial and error. My family says I’m good, but I need critque from others. I try everyday, just keep at it

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  4. I should like to join in the thanks to you for your excellent advice. I have become over the years reasonable at drawing but have a long way to go in Watercolour skills.. At 76, I don’t want to embark on oils or acrylics because over the years I have collected a lot of watercolour equipment. I am nervous about signing up for your course because I am still working which involves a lot of travel. I hope to retire at 80 when my present to myself will be your course. So please stick around till then. Meanwhile thank you again. Clare.

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      • Hi Dan,

        So glad you made it those four years because this newbie has a lot to learn. This is the very beginning of the journey for me; but, one day, I hope to qualify to say that I am an inspired-by-others self-taught artist. Thank you for your newsletters. Your insights and guidance are so much more valuable than the watch-me-paint videos.

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    • Clare you are inspiring! I’m just starting in oils at age 57. I hope you allow yourself moments to create in the midst of your busy work life. May God bless you with many happy, productive & fulfilling years when you retire!

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  5. I am trying to sign up while I can still get your special discount. I am having trouble with the web site as it doesn’t show me where or how to submit my cc payment. Your offer expires by tomorrow so I need help.

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  6. Very useful guidance in Art… thanks so much… yes my work in art started during my teenage, but I started with sculptures.. with Clay and sometimes Chalk, soft stone, even soap.. but later on I took up oil painting, then Acrylic painting… but self-taught… my professional career as Pulmonologist leave little time for my Art…so Mr.Dan, your generous help in the naunces of painting helps me lot.. GOD BLESS ?.From .Silas SuryaPrakash

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  7. I’ve been drawing, painting, sculpting, and generally using my hands in a creative way since I was tiny….I’ve just subscribed, and I must say, I’m so impressed with the practical, and extremely helpful information you’re sharing. I really appreciate the guide, and look forward to learning more as we go along. Thanks so much! By the way…I enjoyed your gallery!

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  8. Dear Mr. Scott,
    I have always had the yearn to paint but never took the time working and raising a family etc. Working away a lot, one day I found myself alone on a cold rainy day in Montreal CN. Completely bored with Hockey, TV and stuck in a hotel room
    I ventured out to just get OUT. I wound up in a five and dime , dollar store and came across a cheap watercolour paint set and tablet to paint on. Viola! I found a new passion. So, I eventually purchased more conventional paint, brushes and W.C paper to paint on and now four years have past since that initial spark. Now retired I have more time to paint and dream.
    Finding your website this morning was a pleasant surprise on a “Artists Network post”. I look forward to learning more. The paintings in your gallery are terrific and I really like those from NZ. I still paint in WC.
    Thank you so very much for sharing and helping those of us who look to others for a hand forward.
    Keep the Paint Flowing,
    Kind Regards,
    Larry

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  9. How little I understood! You’ve saved my artistic soul. I am now looking forward to what will be the last third of my life span.

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  10. Hello Dan,
    I have recently started an Oil painting class with a local artist. In the mid sixties, while living in the Netherlands, I was employed at the “Porceleyne Fles” in Delft, The Netherlands as a “Plate Painter” of the “Royal Blue Delft Pottery”. It was nothing compared to any painting in oils on canvas, but I enjoyed painting and now many years later in my mid sixties I want to pick up that brush again and start with oils. Our children want me to paint some scene from the area in the Netherlands, where I grew up, as a keepsake of their Dad’s youth. My art teacher is very experienced and helpful and I am positive that I will succeed with my children’s requests. Your site is also very helpful and I will visit often. My late grandfather also painted with oils as does my younger brother living in the Netherlands. Thanks for sharing your site and the tips.

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  11. Hi Dan

    I really like your website because the information is as you say is “easy to understand” and relevant.
    You wrote
    “So I started to learn everything I could about color. Then composition. Then brushwork and all the other fundamentals of art”. At the moment I feel as if I have no direction and seem to be fundamentally going around in circles and would like the order that going to an art school would provide. Can’t do that and have been hunting around for a curriculum which I can follow independently but with no success.
    And advice or information you can share please?
    Thanks
    Cheers
    Janet

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  12. I am absolutely interested in your ebook, I am wondering if you have it in a hard copy? When I have to do anything online I’m too focused on working the computer and I lose focus of what I was supposed to be watching! I had a conversation this afternoon with my painting partner about how we have lost our way somehow. I said we should get a private teacher, then I saw your ad and it was like every word you wrote came from me! If you can let me know. Thank you Linda

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  13. Hi Dan, have you received may email about not been able to find my downloads?
    Could you pls reply, I’m very much looking forward to do the Master course with you!
    Cheers, Trudy

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    • Hello Dan,

      I paid for the $24 ebook and l was looking forward to the color chart
      Do I have to be on computer or can I access on my iphone pls could you send me a link or instructions on how to get them pls
      Val

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      • Hi Val. Thanks for your comment! I will send you through a private email to answer your question and help you out! Thanks.

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        • Dan I would love to purchase your ebook. Do you have a discount code or coupon? There us an option to add one on the payment on the payment page. But I cannot find one. Love this book..

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  14. Such an humble you are! Read your wholw article!
    You are a born artist! Your paintings sinse schoolong are really too good!
    Doing really good!
    Keep it up! Wish you all the happiness!
    Even i am a person going crazy for paintings
    Kindly go through my page @Mypassionmystory on instagram
    Would like working with you and learning many things from you!

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  15. It’s difficult to distinguish mistake from style. For examp!e, perspective: I know and understand how to use and draw in 1, 2, or 3 point perspective, but when I’m painting buildings or a cityscape, I am so mentally busy with values, shapes, and colors, perspective sometimes goes “out the window”, so to speak. The result looks “off”, but the exact reason is not immediately obvious. As far as I know, the most extreme cure for this would be to go to a pure architectural drawing,complete with temporary perspective lines. Another example of mistakes is when I paint living creatures, they often are distorted. (Why is that horse’s head the same size as the rest of his body?)

    It’s all good fun and practice.

    Julian Buck

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  16. I too started out studying accounting in college. I have always absolutely loved to draw, and desperately wanted to be an artist. My father told me on a number of occasions, “Son, nobody will pay you to sit there and draw.” I created my own career working as an entertainer by drawing quick cartoons, not caricatures, for exhibitors at trade shows coast to coast. I ended up leaving the accounting department and ended up getting a degree in graphic design. I have enjoyed all the people I met and drawn in my 45 years. I have always been envious of people like you who use color because I have always been a black-and-white artist. I use a felt tip marker and have never used Color because it would dramatically reduce my speed. One of my selling points to potential customers is the fact that I average 30 to 60 drawings per our. I am interested in Learning how to paint using a lot of color.

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    • Hi Charles. Thanks for sharing your inspirational story! Interesting to meet a fellow accountant turned artist.

      30 to 60 drawings per hour! That is a great selling point.

      Dan

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  17. Your current paintings are the gallery quality I hope to achieve some day. What I appreciate most is your willingness to show your earlier paintings – so seldom do we get to see the artist’s work in the progressing stage! Thank you for generously sharing such valuable insights.

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  18. Hi Dan,
    Thanks for sharing your own inspiring life story, I was always fascinated by art and paining. my mom and uncle both very talented painters but life has taken me to a corner where makes nourishing my creative side very hard. most recently I created a space/ bought some brushes and colors and started working, yet it is not easy to create that time for making art. Reading your story is definitely a positive energy in achieving this goal.
    keep on the good work.

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  19. I am a goat farmer in Ms looking for insight on painting my farm. I also raise Angus cows. I am a nana here and spend my time on them. I would like to paint their lives. I am at the beginning of the baby season and this is going to be a long season. My first day off may be in June. It may get to 100 here and the milking will stop for me. I am wanting to paint this world.

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    • New artist “want to be” here. Rank beginner! Tried oils. Could not handle fumes. Will your next landscape course content translate to watercolor? Also, is it possible to mail you a money order? I do not put my credit care number on line. Please advise. Thanks.

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      • Hi Judi

        Thanks for your comment!

        Unfortunately, I do not accept money orders. If you are worried about using your credit card, then you might want to try Paypal. I use oils for the course but you can use watercolors for the exercises if you prefer.

        Thanks!

        Dan

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  20. Hi Dan, I would like to say your TED Talks were very informative and inspiring. I Art alone as that is what I prefer. Many of the concepts presented hit me with a WOW!!! because I have had some of these thoughts myself. Particularly about education and the death of creativity it produces. I am considering your academy but would like to know how much personal direction are you willing or able to give for aspiring artists. I have been on line for other art courses some okay others a rip off. Thanks for the information you share. Once bitten twice shy!

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      • Hi Kelly and Anne

        Sorry for my delay! Seems I got a bit behind on the “About” page comments.

        The course is designed as a self-study course, but I am happy to provide assistance as needed to help you through. You can always email me if you want to chat further.

        Thanks!

        Dan

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  21. Hi Dan,
    I started painting with oils when I was 18. Took a very long hiatus and have started painting again. This time I’m trying to learn more theory. I have been painting off and on for a few years. I just love the calm it gives me. I will be reading your newsletters, learning from your site and practicing. I haven’t figured out my favorite subjects or niche yet. I appreciate that your writing include some of the great artist and examples of their work. Helps me to remember my art history class in college. Your writing is in plain language that makes easier to “get it”. Maybe not get it via paint but keep trying. Thanks for your site.

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  22. Hi Dan, I find myself reading and rereading your fundamental tips..as an art educator and animator for 50+ years, I was still stuck on an important commission.
    Your notes on simplifying and limited palette, unstuck me! Funny how in our zeal to express we can easily “go overboard”. Now I live in an Assisted Living Community and my funds, as others here, are limited. In fact, I am seeking a grant here in Charlotte, NC as I have been teaching beginners, here. I have been using my own supplies,but now that is gone also,so currently we are waiting to begin again. Folks who always wanted to paint, but never had the time nor opportunity in their busy working years. One student has macular degeneration, nearly blind…I load up paint for her, She tells me what colors, point her in the right direction, and she paints fearlessly! One student is Chinese…I had to load up on library books to learn Chinese painting..(very unforgiving) but I learned, and she learned…you get the idea…I imagine every one of your students has a story….good succinct teaching!

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    • Really glad to hear you are finding the posts useful Kathleen, especially from an art educator like yourself. Good luck with your teaching! If you ever need anything, feel free to email. Dan

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  23. My first try at painting was 50 years ago when I tried oils. I wasn’t too happy with that medium, so I gave up until a year and a half ago, when my daughter introduced me to acrylics. Now at 76 yrs. old, I’m a beginning painter. I found a class locally that I attend each Week, but I have learned a lot from you also.

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  24. I dearly want to try painting but I find myself literally paralyzed at how to get started. I work full time and I’m a busy mom with teens (aka cab driver) so classes are out of the question. I was led here by Pinterest and will check it out …but already, your ‘childhood’ Masterpieces are telling me to not even bother trying. To practice everyday(ish) sounds like the way to go but after pricing paint (acrylic med to high quality) I wonder how I can even afford to do this. Maybe these tubes of paint will last longer than I think they will?

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    • Hi Kelly

      I urge you to give it a shot. The worst thing that could happen is you don’t enjoy it. You don’t need to paint any masterpieces. That is not even the fun part. It is more important that you start and enjoy the journey. Seeing small improvements over time is what it is all about. Also, those childhood paintings were some of the better ones. Trust me, there were many failures also!

      Thanks Kelly

      Dan

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  25. Dear Dan, I am so glad that I found your website! I have similar fate like lot of you Who loved art, specially painting, but studied something else, ( in my case Law). I paint all my life,but now more often than before. Now I retired and have some time to spend learning how to paint. Thank you for your effort and advice.I paint oil,acrilic and akvarel and this last is the worst for me,but I will try to learn technique because it is great way to express sentiments and atmosphere. All the best and hope to do some good paintings with your help.

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    • Hi Nina

      Glad you enjoy the site! I think there are many others like us. Art is not exactly something children are urged to pursue sadly. Let me know if you ever need help with your paintings.

      Cheers!

      Dan

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  26. So Dan are you a self taught artist? Means you never joined any arts school? Sorry m asking this question as am new here and looking for an inspiration for become a self taught artist as I don’t have any opportunity to join arts school. In my case already done with Engineering followed by an MBA degree.

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  27. I have been trying to decide whether I would be able to complete the course you are doing or it would be too hard for me.
    I go to an art class once a week for two hours for over two years now but I don’t feel I am achieving anything. My work is still basic. It is stiff and I haven’t got the art of blending my colors. Let alone shading and light. They are none existant.
    I have started going over my work that I have done to try and improve them and I can see there is something wrong.
    It is just that I find it hard to concentrate and I suffer from fibromyalgia, which makes some days harder than others.
    I would love to do the course but would you be cranky with me if I am not up to date and lag behind your students.
    I love your work. I really want to achieve something like it in my art but I am not sure I have the ability.
    Having written all this I am running out of time to join your course, so I will enroll now, but please understand that I may be no good at painting but I will give it a try.
    Oh!, I forgot to tell you I am 67 years old. I know this is old to start painting but it relaxes me. Not that I have a lot of time on my hands but I need an interest.

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  28. Really related to your story. I am an Aussie who started with an inspiring art teacher. Then in Year 9 we had to choose between Art and Music. My art teacher told me Imhad no talent and I was forced to do Music as I had higher marks in that. Fortunately I persisted and had a lot to undo with this ‘no aptitude for art’ imprinted in me.
    I had never been taught technique and that teacher was obsessed with still lifes that were t inspiring to a teen. The idea seemed to be you either had talent and it would grow with experience and critical comments from a teacher or ‘give up’. I now know art is very teachable and the teacher may have reflected the ignorance of the era.
    It may well have been a gift they stopped me doing art then as I was never going to progress with her. I learned a lot more with self teaching and online stuff.
    One of my kids however was really put off by her teacher and has never returned to art ( by 39 at least), judging herself for the teachers shortcomings. The year before that she topped her year level in art and had drawing methods in heir hand since small. Teachers can have such influence to good or ill.
    I did do a years drawing classes at a community centre when I was 35. The teacher there had been failed in her own final year for painting a more realistic style (she ended up showing watercolours) when the teacher favoured pure abstract. She repeated the year the teachers way and ended up teaching others at tertiary level.
    Thanks for the blogs. Always useful to do spot checks on what I may have forgotten or played insufficient attention to in my work.

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    • Thanks for comment Lyn! It is unfortunate one of your kids got put off art. Maybe one day she will return.

      At least now we all have a great opportunity to learn for ourselves.

      Thanks, Dan

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  29. Hey Dan!
    I am inspired by your artist’s life story! I too, am a self-taught artist who began drawing and painting at the age of 4. My mom was an artist who taught me how to draw, and wanted to inspire all six of her offspring to paint by giving us “Paint by Number” kits every Christmas (among other gifts)! I never told her that I didn’t like them, but I wanted a blank canvas to paint whatever I wanted to paint on it! My first “non-paint-by-number” oil painting was a portrait of Jesus, done using a collection of my family members’ left-over paint pots from their kits, painted on a good-sized piece of white cardboard that I found around the house! I LOVED it! The freedom to paint what I imagined or saw was thrilling!!

    ~Long story shortened, I was the best artist in my elementary through high school years, but had heard SO many commercials about “starving artists” that I chose not to make it a career by majoring in it in college. I wish I had now, because Home Economics has been phased out of the majority of schools these days! (That’s the path I chose!) I am 58 now, and am continuing a semi-artistic track by painting murals, building sets for skits and plays, designing costumes, teaching beginner’s art, and painting really big pictures. I really do still need tips on color blending for shading, brush choice, etc. that can make my work have even more of an impact. Thanks for being here to help!

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    • Hi Margaret. Thanks for sharing your story and glad to hear you are getting back into it! Let me know if you need any help. Thanks! Dan

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    • Hi Alenka

      Thanks for your comment.

      Subscription to Draw Paint Academy is free and yes you can join in Czech Republic. I send out regular (generally weekly) tips and tutorial emails to help you with your painting. I also have paid courses, but these are optional.

      Thanks

      Dan

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  30. Hi I am writing from Boston, I am the wife of artist Andrei Allahverdov. I want to show you the art of my spouse. Andrey for the period 2015-2018 wrote about the 19th to 20th century. The series consists of 44 paintings 40/30 inches. and is on his website: allakhverdov.com. The painting has not yet been. Andrei is a professional artist for many years.
    Thanks in advance Tamara

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  31. Hi Dan thank you for your explanation of how and when you started to paint.you were very lucky to grow up surrounded by art. I love all your paintings. I started painting for the fist time five years ago I’m 77 yr old ,I have found a joy in painting.i did not have art at school, I recently had my first drawing lesson beginners drawing then intermediate and now having life drawing I am not good, but progressing. Most importantly for me I enjoy it so much. The hours fly by. My home is littered with different mediums charcoal ,graphite , etc acrylics , water colour, pastels soft and oil,my latest aquasision water soluble pencils.All a new world to me.i have copied most impressionists paintings.i would love to capture people likeness it’s so hard. Thank you again

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  32. I have read some of the things you talk about painting. And what I have read really has helped me a lot. So I just want to say thank you very much for the help.

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  33. hi Dan,

    I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed and learnt from your course. at first, the transition from watercolour to oil was difficult – so many watercolours to choose from and drying time is so quick – especially if you use a hairdryer.
    I guess I am very lucky as not only was my mother a very good oil and watercolour artist but I have been around so many art museums all over Europe.
    my favourites start with Pierro della Francesca and the Italian Renaissance, the Dutch school, Gainsborough and Reynolds, Constable and Turner, the Impressionists but not much later.
    thanks again and I shall be referring to all of your course many times – best regards Charles

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  34. Hi Dan!
    I paint house portraits and landscapes in acrylics. I’m looking for a way to give just small parts of a painting, like a tree trunk or a few bricks on a house, something like that, a bit of texture to make them pop a bit and give the painting a more dimensional look and feel. Is there something out there that I can add at time of painting or after I’m done to get that effect??? Thanks for taking my question! Have a great weekend!

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  35. Hi Dan I was really interested in your commentary. I started to paint about 12 years ago. Watercolour at the time and still enjoy it. Life got in the way, and I put myself on the back burner so to speak. Got back to my painting fall off 2017.
    Im taking lessons from a great instructor and I’m using acrylic. Making mistakes, but got no intentions of giving up.
    The information I take away from reading your material is very helpful, I wrote down why I love to paint as you suggested, looking forward to reading and learning from your insight. Regards, Linda

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  36. Hi Dan, I love to see what other artist are painting. I am 68 years old, retired school secretary. I started painting with oil in 2002. I loved it, but was too impatient. So I which to Acrylics. It is mostly a hobbie! However, my house looks like an Art Museum, and I am running out of room. I tried to sell at Craft Shows, but only got wonderful comments. I look back on something I painted a few years ago, and I want to change so many things about it. So I realized there is so much to learn. Never stop learning! I love the way time flies when I am in my element!! I look forward to learning!
    Regards Marilyn

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  37. Dan: I draw with colored pencils and am interested in learning more about composition. Perhaps, I’m an intermediate. Since your focus is more on oils, is this a mismatch? How to proceed?

    Scot

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    • Hi Scot. I mostly focus on teaching the art fundamentals. So you will still learn things to apply to your colored pencils. Feel free to check out all the free articles on the website first. Thanks! Dan

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  38. Hi Dan I started painting when I retired from a Vice President of a bank. My only granddaughter was 10 and enjoyed painting more than anything. I started painting to spend time with her. She now has graduated from art school and has her own studio in Atlanta. I live 4 hours away and recently lost my husband. I paint and sell my paintings at a local gallery and sometimes have art shows but there is still much to learn. Because funds are limited I would like to start with your free material. How do I do this. I am not the best with computers but use my IPhone most of the time. Thank you

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  39. Hallo Dan, Thank you so much for sharing your talent and good advice. In the photograph of you I can see that you are left-handed. I am too – not that it matters, I never think about it, but interesting.
    I am fascinated by Turner’s painting technique and also Claude Monet is a great inspiration.
    I’m painting landscapes and the sky. I started 16-17 years ago when my husband was deadly sick.
    My painting are all oil paintings. I am 73 years old and painting is my best hobby. I live in Denmark.
    Best regards Ilse DC

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  40. I am already impressed with your comments. I have done watercolor but I am now trying to paint with Acrylics, as I hope to paint brighter pictures. My plan, with your help, ocean scapes, florals and landscapes. I am 73 years old and nothing says I can still keep achieving new interests.

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  41. Hello Dan,
    I am so impressed with your willingness to share your time and talents with all of us.
    I am so enjoying your talks about well known painters and their works. You point out things in their paintings that I never would have noticed. I wish I could visit all those great art galleries again now that I better know how to look at a painting.
    I paint with watercolours but need to put more time into this to be successful. Thank you for sharing .

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  42. Hi Dan

    I really like your website because the information is as you say is “easy to understand” and relevant.
    You wrote
    “So I started to learn everything I could about color. Then composition. Then brushwork and all the other fundamentals of art”. At the moment I feel as if I have no direction and seem to be fundamentally going around in circles and would like the order that going to an art school would provide. Can’t do that and have been hunting around for a curriculum which I can follow independently but with no success.
    And advice or information you can share please?
    Thanks
    Cheers
    Janet

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    • Hi Janet. I don’t like to self-promote much, but it sounds like my Painting Academy course would suit you. Here is a link:

      drawpaintacademy.com/painting-academy

      It covers most of the fundamentals of painting, in a logical order which you are seeking.

      Hope this helps.

      Thanks! Dan

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  43. Hi sir,
    I read your story and it is really inspiring and i feel i can strongly connect. Your website is really helpful. Looking forward to learn more from you. Its really inspiring that you never gave up on your passion. Passion is something which gives you inner happiness and one should actually work on it and for it.
    Thanks! You are a great teacher!

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    • Hi Doris. Most of the information relates to the art fundamentals, which can be applied to all mediums including watercolors. Feel free to email if you have other questons. Thanks!

      Dan

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    • Hi Judy. I will send you an email regarding your password. As for gesso, most of the canvas which you buy from art stores has already had a layer of gesso applied. You can add more layers of gesso if you prefer, but I do not. Thanks!

      Dan

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  44. Thank you Dan for this very useful information! I am painting since some years and this mistake with the edges and too the use of white color are some of my problems. I am very happy to have found you.

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  45. Hi Dan, I just found your site and have had a very similar journey. Drawing and painting as a kid, art classes through high school, including oil painting, which I love, and then a “normal” job, only I am an attorney — that’s worse than an accountant. I am just coming back to art after a long hiatus, and having to relearn everything I have forgotten. I too love to paint landscapes, and find them relaxing to paint and view. I need to find the time to paint, to maintain sanity. Thank you for sharing what you have learned on your journey.

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  46. Dan: I have paid for your course; however, I did not receive a course outline.

    Is the course based on reading material only or will there be actual step by step lessons, etc.?

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  47. Usually we know the painter Claude Monet was born in French or Gustav Klimt in Austrian, but I don t know if you was born in Australia or New Zealand. I am not a painter but I love to collect in my Facebook albums a lot of paintings, and if I upload one of you I would like to put the name, measures, country, title, etc. Thanks in advance, and greetings from Costa Rica.

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  48. Dan,
    Found your site as I was browsing the web for oil painting tips, etc. I’m a late starter, 63 years old, and after putting off trying to paint for years as work got in the way, I’ll be retiring soon, and figured now or never. I’ve painted a few paintings, and now I’m obsessed, with learning more. I hope this journey is as fun as it’s starting out to be.
    Chris, from Commerce Michigan

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  49. Looking for full-time in-person painting academy when I retire in a year. In other words, not looking for instructional CDs, books or web sites. I’m looking to be part of an actual live class class with other passionate student artists.

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    • Hi Mark, thanks for your comment. I don’t do any in-person classes, but I am sure there are art communities local to you. Many readers use this website to complement their in-person studies.

      Thanks! Dan

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  50. Thanks so much for making all this information available. I have a 9 year autistic child and he is really interested in painting. I purchased some supplies, but our first session was a bit tricky since I have zero experience with painting. I appreciate all of the practical tips you’ve made available on your website that I can use to try and give my son the best experience possible.

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  51. Hello Dan,
    I enjoy All of your articles.
    I did subscribe in July, however I cannot find the sign in button…

    Please advise

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  52. so
    I really like to read about you it is so inspiring
    so I start my story than I just want to write if anyone don’t like than just skip my comment
    I will start now
    well when I was in middle school I always have like to draw stuff I never have gone any art class though I wanted cause I wan to meet new people and observe other painting , drawings
    I think I was in 2 or 3 grade it was really hard for me T-T cause I never have friends you know I spend my hole middle school alone 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and than I meet some people who always wanted to talk to me O and ima otaku ….
    and than I fail I’m 9 I could have to 10 by promote I don’t want to go to 10 cause it will be really hard in class 10 so instead of that I got back at 9
    actually I’m a gamer but I also I like to draw manga and stuff cause reality is just disappointment in anime and stuff . animation I really love anime o and I don’t have any interest in girls don’t know why
    I mean only in real life

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  53. I tried to log in with my email and your temporary password that you sent to me. It did not work. I was unable to access my account after your switchover

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  54. I just signed up. I have been looking for a site that might help me to decide what and how to paint. I have been sketching for a couple of years, but have recently stopped. I would like to start back up, but don’t know where to start. There are so many suggestions that it is hard to decide which is best. I really would like to start on watercolors and paint. I noticed that my earlier sketches was better than what I do now. I would like to do landscapes and flowers.

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  55. Thanks! This looks like a great opportunity. I’m a basically self-taught artist, with so much more to learn and enjoy. I’ve struggled for years with value and color, so I hope to find some tips and direction in this new experience. Thanks

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    • Thanks Jill! Just doing some minor changes to the image tool and will email you once it is available again! Thanks, Dan

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  56. Hi Dan,

    How happy I am to have discovered your site. 👍😁

    I am a beginner (I’m talking match stick men still) but would like to have a crack at drawing. It was never my forte but I have always enjoyed having a go. I generally don’t use colour, just pencils.

    Would your books be suitable for me do you think? Reviews seem to be pretty awesome!

    I would like to try and draw faces and animals in the main. Is this a bit ambitious or can you let me know what is a good basic thing to start to draw?

    Also, I’d be grateful for any information on if I can get this as a hard copy and also are there any discount codes as mentioned above?

    I greatly look forward to your reply.

    Stay safe 🌈

    Kind regards,

    Claire

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  57. Dan thank you for your recent email of “On The Easel -Secrets on the Lake” I found it very informative and your perspective is right on
    I love your paintings
    I think as artists we can all be quite critical of our own work
    It does help to step away
    Evaluate what your doing and thinking about the possibilities of its end result and the most important thing is enjoy the painting we’re creating. Although I am not the smartest person when it comes to energies and the understanding of it I do think that our energies are put into our work. If you’re feeling peaceful that will end up reflecting that feeling in a painting. Soft music and a calm atmosphere can do wonders for our creative souls.
    Your work is amazing and really shows depth and creative design and one can feel transfixed staring as if we are there physically
    Beautiful 👍🏻😃

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  58. Dan thank you for your email “On the Easel-Secrets of the lake”. I was taking classes at a local arts center and felt good about my progress. Since the lockdown and classes have been cancelled and I’m feeling a little lost. I’m almost afraid to start a new painting for fear that it will be a horrid mess. Your email was inspiring and I appreciated the progression of the painting that you demonstrated. I think I can start again. I love to do landscape, beach and marsh painting as I live on the coast. Looking forward to more of your teaching .

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  59. I appreciate all your helpful information but why do I need to subscribe again every time I download one of your free pages?

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    • Hi Ralph

      Thanks for your comment! I don’t (yet) have any specific courses dedicated to portraiture painting. But I might put together some free posts on this down the track!

      I will keep you posted.

      Dan

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  60. I need you to resend me the tool that divides my picture into sections and adds grey scale. I have lost your original email. Thank you.

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  61. Dan- I want to introduce myself. My name is Bill Wiggins and I am registered in your Landscape Masterclass. I arrived at oil painting late in life. I just started last July 2019. I have been painting landscapes in watercolor for the last 30. My progress was painfully slow and I wedged it in between raising a family, work and an ugly divorce. Watercolors are extremely difficult. I wish I had started in oils but I didn’t. So here I am. Eager to learn. Enjoying the landscape class more and more each time I dive in.
    I did want to share a painter I’ve been copying lately. His name is Emil Carlsen. He is Danish but moved to America until his death. He is best known for his still life’s but I appreciate his landscapes.
    Thanks again for the course.

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  62. Hi Dan,
    I have just started oil painting for the first time, and have some questions about what to do with rags. I have done some research about oil painting and I learned that the paint thinner/turpentine on the rags can cause them to “spontaneously combust” if they’re not stored properly. So I was curious to know what I should do with them? Can I wash them with dish soap and let them dry in a well ventilated area? Or I read some where that you can just soak them in water and hang them to dry?
    Or do I have to throw them out after each use? What do you do with your rags?

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    • Hi Hannah

      Thanks for your comment.

      I personally use papertowel and throw it away after I have finished with each painting. I find it a lot easier for cleanup purposes at the end and in between each stroke!

      As for using rags, a thorough washing after use should be fine. But I would check the hazard guidelines outlined on the turpentine bottle or even contact the supplier to discuss best practices. Hope this helps.

      Thanks!
      Dan

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  63. Hi Dan
    I just found your site and signed up for your newsletter. I thought I’d let you know that although I tried to fill in the new subscriber survey, I couldn’t answer the ‘which are you struggling with’ question and so gave up on the survey. I am not struggling with any of it particularly, I just saw your fascinating breakdown of The Girl With The Umbrella and thought, hey, this looks interesting, let’s see what this guy has to say. 😀
    Just in case you wanted to add an option to the survey ‘just interested’ or something.

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  64. I am 78 and have painted since a small child. I prefer oil rather than acrylic.. mainly because oils do not dry out as quickly as acrylics. I always acknowledge that you continue to learn new applications and styles.. and I’m willing to learn. I’m looking forward to your emails and continued learning.

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  65. Dan, I really appreciate your emails and that you are taking the time to share your knowledge with all of us.

    However, lately i have not been receiving them. Not in my spam, so i hope i have not been dropped from your list.

    Thank you again for reaching out to all of us.

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    • Hi R’Lene.

      Thanks for your comment. You are still on my newsletter list. I will have a new post/article to you in the coming days.

      Thanks!

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  66. I have received your quick color theory pdf which then followed with an email from you about your creativity challenge. I looked at the description and it sounds like exactly the thing I need. However, I did not see what the cost of this course was. Can you provide me the details for this and your other projects?
    Thanks!

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  67. Did you ever tried the water mixable oil paints.? I personally love them and using water to thin is no problem with me.I do not go by the rules,i love abstract painting.By using these oils with water ,unlimited
    imagination and fun.The cleanup with water also is a blessing. “Better For Your Health: There is no need for solvent. Simply use water as your “solvent” to thin the water-mixable paints and for cleanup. You can tone your canvas, wipe areas out, or create a “watercolor” thin underpainting. Solvents are not healthy, as all have a warning label, including so-called “green” versions.”

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  68. Hello, Dan, from the dishevelled southeast of Connecticut. We took a bit of a hit from Hurricane Isaias – downed trees and downed power cables. So have been without power for a few days and was unable to sign up for 30-Day Creativity Kickstart on time. As soon as we had our power and internet restored, I ran to the computer to sign up and pay the fee but am confused as to if it is still available. A lot of scrambling went on in this last week of power and phone and internet outages and I simply can’t remember the details. Would you consider making an exception and still letting me in the course? Would appreciate your consideration, but also thank you for any answer. Hope you are well and safe where you are.

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  69. Hi Dan, I am on day 6 of “creativity Kickstart” & I just can’t thank u enough for coming up w/this. Common sense I know but sometimes that just flies out the window & forgets to fly back in. This was just the kick I needed. 🤗 Your fan, Ellen Rees

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  70. Hi, I am Manya…I love Painting but sometimes I just sit on my art table staring at a blank paper for hours…If i even start something goes wrong and i just wanna give up..after reading about this site I subscribed at once…I am very excited for your email series and to start painting again

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  71. Hi! I’m so exited! I want learn how to paint, right now, I’m doing paint by number and they are gorgeous but, I really want to learn how paint. My mother was so talented in this art. I treasure her paintings and hope that I’ll be able to create, like her.

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  72. Hi Dan,
    First of all…I want to thank you for all the advice you put on line…you are the most generous artist with your teachings, thoughts and processes..I am most grateful,!!
    Could I please ask you the technique of making hairline ‘lines’….ie branches of distant bare trees…a palette knife never quite gets it…and is difficult to control?

    We spend our summers on the Gaspe..and I like to take advantage of the ‘wild’ surroundings.

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  73. Hi Dan, I too am grateful for all your wonderful advice. I have a question re paper giclees. I did an oil painting and someone wanted to buy a “print” of it. I had a printer do paper giclees — I asked for 5. She initially started printing and ran out of paper after 3; then she started again with different paper (all papers and inks are archival quality). They all look good but the two series are clearly a bit different. My question is about how to number and sign. Do I just number then 1 through 8 of 8, or only do the series of five as 1/5, 2/5 etc. and then what might I do with the other 3? Would it make sense to sign them as “artist proofs”? Are those ever numbered in a series like that? Sorry to sound so naive but I’ve only been at this about 2 years…

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  74. Hi Dan,
    I’d love to use your “Not Sure What Medium to Paint With? Take This Short Quiz to Help You Decide” page, but the link does not appear to be working.
    Can you help…?
    Thank you!
    Susan
    P.S. Love your information-packed site, and have barely scratched the surface yet.

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  75. Hi Dan,
    I just discovered your website and enjoyed reading your familiar story of your art journey. It is a very familiar story for me, from your love of painting as a child, to discouragement through senior school years from anti-art curriculum, then giving it up to “get on with life” and then finally (for myself) plunging back into art in senior years and having to re-learn how to draw and paint again. I bet there are a lot of people with similar experiences.
    I look forward to exploring this site & the articles some more.
    Thank you
    Janet

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  76. Hello Dan,
    Your Art blogs on pinterest are the most informative. I taught elementary art for 35 years, so I have knowledge of your topics. They help me by reinforcing concepts and reminding me to search deeper.
    Thank you so much you are truly helping my art to improve.

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  77. Hi Dan,
    Thank you for your generous information that you make available to all. I have enjoyed everyone of your emails and find them helpful!
    I really want to enroll in your Master Class Fundamentals but I am worried that it may move too quickly. Am I able to take the classes at my own pace even up to a year? The only thing making me hesitate is this question. Please get back me.

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    • Hi Kimberly, I will send you through an email privately with more information but in short, yes! You have lifetime access so there is no rush. Thanks!

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  78. Today I was thrilled to receive your analysis of Vermeer’s MILKMAID. I learned about the Rijksmuseum’s amazing free downloads to study. Your analysis taught me so much!

    One question about Vermeer’s dots–when I saw this work in person I noticed red and blue dots inside the hollow of her pouring hand, which enlivens the shadow there. I do not see that reproduced even on the Rijksmuseum version. Did I fantasize this? Thank you for your thoughts–now off to read your free downloads. You are enriching my life, and I’ve only just started. . .thank you!

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  79. Hey Dan, I’ve never visited you site before, usually, :), read your emails.

    Great site. Great resources and help. Thanks.

    The last email I opened, tree in dappled light, has been very helpful. Thanks again.

    Hopefully, you’ll see my membership one day. I’m sure I want that.

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  80. Hi
    I was a bob ross fan when I was a young child. As a 51 year old pediatrician and accomplished cartoonist (not professionally), I am venturing back to painting. Started with pastels for the past year and now transitioning to oils. I am looking forward to your online courses and email program. It is not clear from your website (from my brief scanning) what the courses entail (zoom/text/email). Would love to get started soon! I have a number of finished framed pieces (pastels) that I would love to share with you and get advice on my first ongoing oil painting! Thanks.

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  81. I have always drawn but then stopped for about 30 years. Recently I got creative and started painting rocks. I do ok but I never learned the fundamentals of art. I know if I get the correct instruction I would be able to improve. Problem is, I had a medical issue in 2014. Since then I have short term memory issues and cognitive decline. I basically just need to look and hear at things many times before I “get it”. Was wondering if you think this is something that might work for me so my art can get much better.

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  82. Thanks for your helpful and inspiring posts – I always learn something from them and especially they have introduced me to the work of Arthur Streetham, who I think is a fabulous artist. I can’t stretch to afford your courses yet but I will!
    Cheers
    Amanda

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  83. I am a pastel artist, former art teacher, now working with oil pastels because of health issues. I want to be able to teach 8+ youth and seniors..I have taught at the Sr Center and have had great results. I have been researching lessons that I can adapt to oil pastels and Neopastels I believe in artist quality materials. During this pandemic there are so many isolated adults and children that need outlets. I am planning an art give away for those who can not afford and planning lessons to go along. Thanks for your inspiration and materials. Am thinking of your paid lessons after the 7 free. I hope to work with my pastel society here and other art organizations…Though Oil pastels have been frowned upon, I have found some amazing oil pastel artists and have been encouraged by my posts on Facebook and instagram.

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  84. Very difficult to find what medium you are painting with one your site. Is it acrylic only- I found acrylic in someone’s comments.
    Does your course address watercolour, which I am interested in? Thanks

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    • Hi Joan.

      I personally paint in oils (started out with acrylics) and venture into watercolors when I want to try something different (it’s a challenging yet rewarding medium to work with).

      The information in my courses or with the posts I put out, tend to be on oils but I also try to keep a lot of the information on the fundamentals which can be applied to any medium. I don’t have anything specific on watercolor techniques yet but I have had many watercolorists come on board and find the information useful!

      Hope that helps!

      Dan

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  85. Hi Dan
    I’m the editor of PANZ (Pastel Artists of NZ) Journal and you have so much good information in your articles that is pertinent to all mediums. I am wondering you would consider letting us put your article “Contrast in Art – What it is and how to use it (6.10.2018) in our next Journal (Feb/March 20201). Many thanks for considering this and I look forward to hearing from you.

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  86. I live in Ontario, Canada, am 71 and recently retired. I have been a photographer for 50 years and have a BFA in Photography with a special interest in alternative, historic and experimental processes, hand colouring, etc. I have always been drawn to the work of the early Pictorialist photographers from the late 1800s and early 1900s, a similar time period to the Impressionist painters, and my work reflects that interest. Of course, I started out in the traditional darkroom , then moved like just about everyone to digital in the early 2000s, but for the past 5 years or so have returned to my love of analog and hands-on processes. Although I did go through a period of selling work through a gallery at one time, it has always been a labour of love, rather than a full-time career. Since retiring I have rekindled an interest in printmaking, now that there are more environmentally-friendly materials available. Experiments with monoprinting have led to working with acrylics, which I have not done before. So, in the spirit of continually wanting to learn new things, I want to learn to paint in acrylics! I have worked with watercolour and pastels in the past, but more as an adjunct to some of my photographic work. I’m somewhat nervous, but determined to enjoy the process and not focus so much on product, especially in the beginning.

    You can see some of my photographic work on Instagram as timarti1949.

    Best,
    Tina Martin

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  87. Hello Dan,
    I extend my great appreciation for your instructional method, your explanations, tips, hints, and examples. My my initial searches for a truly worth-while on-line painting resource, became as weary and boring as most of the “how-to videos” themselves.
    I am so glad, and have learned so much from the short time I’ve been reading your emails, and following along with your techniques.
    I’m 67 now. I used to love to draw, sketch, and paint; then for a couple/few decades (wow).. I got caught-up in other pursuits, life, family, corporate drone, …
    I am determined to find my ‘happy place’ again, and that was always appreciating the beauty around me; the Earth, the sky, in the bark of a tree, or the waves of water splashing over a stone.
    – Regretfully, I’ve was brain-washed over the years to the point of self-disappointment in failing and until I found your tutorials, your site, your wisdom… I was reluctant to ever Gesso another canvas.
    Thanks Scott for painting me a path back to my happy-place.

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  88. Hi Dan,
    First off, thank you for your method of instruction. Through watching and listening to you, I’m inspired again to go back to the easel after many years.
    I have an unfinished painting that somehow doesn’t deserve to be discarded, and it certainly isn’t worth display. I’d like to try oiling out an area and give it another go.
    Do you have any suggestions and/or technique on how to best do this?
    Thanks much!

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  89. I have done various forms of art from a young age although I never made art my main focus. I’ve gone through many years of doing no art, picking it up again at times. I am now retired from my career as a speech-language pathologist working with my husband in a family business. I am so happy to have run into your on-line painting instruction now that I very much want to make painting my main focus. You have opened the door for me to move forward toward reaching my potential as an artist. Your ability and willingness to teach so much needed material in an organized, cohesive way at a level and methods that are easy to understand is a godsend for me. Definitely, you are an absolutely great teacher. JUst want to add that I’ve liked the effect of palette knife painting and hope that I can make use if this method, at least to some extent, as I follow your program.

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    • Hi Sally

      Thanks for your comment.

      Being a member gives you access to our student site. But you can only get access to this site if you have enrolled in a paid course or product. Otherwise, you have access to this main website, drawpaintacademy.com and all the free content and resources on offer.

      Hope that helps!

      Dan

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  90. I am a Wisconsin watercolor artist who is so grateful to you for your open, sharing teaching style!

    This world needs more passionate admirers, artists and brush -poets. . .each of us unique and able to appreciate the beauty of our lives and place in our world.

    Thank you for sharing the skies of Monet, the importance of value and the new meditative time lapse videos!

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  91. I have been following you several years. It has been the best, learning your ways. I understand, and I feel that I would not understand so well if not for your way of teaching. I do thank you so much. May your life be blessed for you and yours.

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  92. Hi Dan. I’ve been meaning to compliment your wonderful emails for so long. I’m a figurative artist and tutor for years (not many landscapes) and I’ve been following your insights forever 😀. Your emails are the only ones I read now – and I’ve shared them with students often. I just wanted to say thank you. . Judy 👏

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  93. Hi Dan,

    I want to thank you for your regular input of art knowledge into my life and many others. I am a self-taught (still much to learn) artist who rediscovered art about six years ago after homeschooling my children for many years.

    I was worn out and directionless after homeschooling, and turned to art as a time-filler. I found myself smiling as I painted, and realised I needed to do it more. In short, it led to me teaching art in the homeschool community which has now turned into a business, filling my week with lesson plans and painting samples.

    I look for inspiration and guidance in many places, and you have been the source of knowledge for my recent foray into landscape art, which is completely new to me. I very much appreciate your generosity towards the art world. You have a kind heart.

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  94. Greetings Dan

    I need not go into any lengthy post about how much I enjoy your lessons, which I do very much; and too mention how much I appreciate you for being a mentor to both new and seasoned artists, as well as myself.

    What I do want to ask is, your thoughts on what I’ve been calling ‘my artist funk’… not ‘Funk Art’ mind you; but rather when out of the blues and greens, and yellows… BANG a dark cloud appears. Like a cartoon rain cloud following me around the studio.
    Quite simply, the feeling of becoming lethargic and uninspired in the studio.
    – Do you understand what I’m talking about?

    What you do here Dan is a great thing, and the last thing I want to do is post a ‘downer’ or cause doubt to any creative spirit, out there, but hey; what’s a mentor for? Right?

    I been staring at the easel for days. It started while standing in front of an unfinished piece, and before I put a single dab of color to the palette… that inspiration left. So, I put up a white canvas, then a stained one. The other day I simply threw a sheet over the whole thing and took a walk.
    Well, there’s my topic, three days later.

    How do you, if you ever experienced this ebb and flow of creative cycle get the juices flowing again?

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  95. Hello Dan
    Received the “Time-Lapse Videos” this is what I have wanted to see, do more and can I view them in REAL TIME? I am trying to learn to paint at a very seasoned age. All that I talk with tell me about creating art, some want to venture into the my mental process and reason. An apple is just an apple, etc.
    I want to watch an artist paint move the brush the twists and turns, painting over and canvas mixing of paint. Being a visual person I learn better that way.
    About the video’s PERFECT, camera angle is wonderful. I can observe each stroke and it’s result. First thing I noticed you were pulling the brush, I have been moving it every which way with unsatisfying results. Can the videos be available in real time, for better study?
    Thanks for making so much that which is obvious to you, available to me.
    Walt

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    • Hi Walt

      Unfortunately not, the file size would be too big as the videos are about 4 hours long. I believe some of them will be added to Dan’s premium painting courses soon, but they are paid courses. The timelapses are just so you can have a glimpse into the paintings Dan has done.

      Hope that helps. Chontele

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  96. Hi Dan – I am so looking forward to your classes. I started painting with acrylics a year ago. I have been drawn to painting landscapes as the world is so beautiful and I want to capture that beauty! Painting has given me a way and escape during the pandemic. It fills me with joy and peace- its like meditation!!! I have always wanted to take time to paint and I’ve recently retired from teaching kindergarten and now I spend time every day painting!!! I chose this class because I’ve been getting some of your materials online and I already know you’re an amazing teacher. I am passionate about Color/light and shadow. I am so happy to be learning with you as my guide! Happy holidays to all my fellow painters!

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  97. Dan.
    I looked over the Art Price Calculator. Very nice. I do have a comment about this however. Is there any way to place the Calculator on a site that can be used besides the gmail date. Once I use the calculator on the February 25, 2022 I fine using it again is very difiicult to keep going back to that particular date. Any comments.

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  98. Hi Dan,
    I am a potter and want to learn to paint
    animals, flowers etc. on trays and platters that I make.
    In ceramics, we use underglaze paint.
    I guess my question is, what painting technique should I aim to learn that I can use on dry or unfired clay which is called greenwear?

    Thank you,
    Julie Bergeron

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  99. Hi Dan,
    I just want to thank you for your generosity in sharing an incredible amount of time and effort with all who have found you. You have broken down concepts so well, and given us lists and summaries that take a looong time to develop! So thank you. Carry on.

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  100. Hi Dan
    I just got your collection of reference photos. This is so vast it’s unbelievable. Thank You! I have been painting from my imagination all these years. I am excited at what I can do with a photo to reference.
    Thank You,
    Jeanne

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  101. To: dan@drawpaintacademy.com
    Hi Dan,
    I am what is apparently called ‘an old bloke’ and go through the same agony of understanding art other people may have struggled with much earlier. I have many questions, but start with one.
    Q1: Am I right in observing that painting eyes in figures, animals and indeed portraits is one of the more challenging details, which not all reportedly well educated artists have sufficiently mastered? Having read the thesis of Dr Kovacic, it seems to me that these facial details can more strongly assist in a viewer actually relating to a picture. Indeed her elaborate study concludes (amongst many other things) that the connection of a viewer with a picture is as just as much improved through visible eyes when it concerns people as when it concerns animals.
    So Q2: Can it be rightly concluded that when a landscape painter places figures, be they people or animals in a landscape, which have NO EYES or a severe neglect of them, that the painter either a) downgrades the painting as well as the figures in question to merely props OR makes them into a landscape texture/object/prop to create a landscape effect rather than living human beings, or b) has a problem with painting eyes (either psychologically or technically) , and hence chose to become a landscape painter? Cheers
    Peter

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  102. Hello Dan
    I’ve been reading your emails for a while now and every now and then as I read I feel that odd little buzz which tells me to go play with this or that idea which comes during the read. I find the information you impart in the emails helpful and encouraging and look forward to continuing to read up then do!
    I want to say a robust and noisy thankyou to you…and Team Dan.
    Cheers
    Valerie

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