Learning How To Paint

Ballerina, Sabrina Caminiti 2012 (c)

Painting is a skill that many of us would like to have, but few ever master, let alone try out. But why not? It’s a wonderful skill to have, it improves and complements other creative abilities you may already have learned, and there’s no need to be intimidated by it when it’s broken down into easy steps the way that our free painting lessons do.

The first step of beginner painting is determining what kind of paint is best for your work. Sometimes, it’s a matter of cost: what do you already have on hand? Watercolors, acrylics, oils and pastels are the most common media, and all require different kinds of surfaces. Any of them are good, to begin with, especially if you already have beginner drawing under your belt.

Once you’ve determined what kind of paint you’ll be using, you then need to kit yourself with the right tools for the job. Using canvas? Then you’ll need to prime it without something like gesso – but not any gesso; it has to be the appropriate gesso for your medium. Using paper? Well, better make sure it has enough tooth if you plan to paint with pastels.

It all sounds so complicated, but in reality, it is a lot of fun! Just let your heart decide what your hand is going to paint and you will see a wonderful result.