Painting is a very rewarding and versatile skill which can be mastered by anyone who’s determined to paint. I am in no way an expert in the field of fine art. As a medic I appreciate that I am a big stranger in this field but yet again I believe art is medicine and medicine is art. Still waiting for someone who can prove me wrong on that!
I have always had a passion for the arts and painting in particular. My passion for the fine arts has been the main motivating force in my life as an artist and painter. I have discovered that the more I paint, the better I get; and I know this can apply to anyone else.
Here I would list out the basic requirements for a beginner who wishes to start painting. These are the things I have been using and I find them very helpful.
The materials required to start painting are simple but this list contradicts the complexity of the subject; but you have to start somewhere. Here is a basic list that is by no means exhaustive:
- Painting surface (e.g canvas, paper).
- Brushes or palette/painting knife
- Paint (e.g. oil, acrylic, watercolour).
- Pencils (e.g. charcoal, graphite, lead).
- Painting media (e.g. linseed oil, liquin, water).
- Painting solvents (e.g. turpentine white spirit).
- Easel or a table.
- A palette (e.g. an old white tile, foil paper, glass or piece of wood)
- A positive attitude.
Are you wondering why I included “a positive attitude”? Well the answer is simple. Without it you cannot be a good painter let alone be an artist. Painting’s all in the mind. Quite right, I pored through books when I started painting and they helped a lot. But I know very good painters who never read any book or had a formal education and their works are wonderful. Make up your mind you could do it and you definitely will do it.
I hope you found this helpful. Always remember you can do whatever you set your mind on and your limits can only be set by you. Like I always say, if I can do it then you can do it.
All the very best as you start your very first painting.
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