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.
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:
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
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.
Meet the Rest of the Team
If you have been subscribed to my email list for some time, you would know that Chontele has been keeping things running behind the scenes for almost 7 years now. Without her, Draw Paint Academy wouldn’t function, not efficiently anyway.
Kobe is our loyal office assistant (though he does not seem to do much other than provide cuddles) and Elora is our wild child.
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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.