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You Can Learn How To Paint

By Ed McGreggor

A long time ago, well-heeled European families required their children to learn how to paint. This talent or skill was a symbol of their social status, breeding and education among other things. Some individuals in this day and age now pursue painting for these same reasons.

The truth is that there are many different reasons for deciding to pursue painting. For some individuals, this is simply one of the best ways to appear more sophisticated than they really are. Naturally, such an image can never fail to impress especially if you seek to amaze possible dates. There are however, even more people who want to learn painting because it is a socially acceptable and celebrated form of self expression. No one can take expression on canvas against you. Moreover, painting is also a great way to relax. This is especially good for people who live hectic or highly stressful professional lives.

You can take the most obvious path to learning to use the brush on canvas. You can ask an expert painter to teach you. Before, this simply meant asking to become a master’s apprentice. You don’t have to do this anymore. You can always choose to join painting classes. Formal classes though can cost quite a lot so you have to want to paint badly enough to pay for the fees.

If you can’t afford to go to school, the next best option is to learn by yourself. If you have an eye for detail and perhaps you are also a little blessed with natural talent, you can copy masterpieces first. Once you are confident that you can learn how to paint on your own, you can start producing your own works.

Copying is not a technique that anyone can employ. If this is true for you, you can take other paths to self instruction. A great way to get over learning difficulties is to buy instructional videos, special manuals and related e-books. The most recommended of these tools help people learn through the mixed use of demonstration, exposition and illustration. It’s much the same as participating in a real class.

If you don’t have any prior experience or knowledge with colors and brushes, it makes a lot of sense to look for help. Regardless of whether you get a real teacher or learn painting with a book, it is important that you discover certain basic ideas first. Among the important points that great resources will teach you is choosing exact water or oil colors, understating color relationships, adding light and shadow, painting with tools other than brushes and proper brush handling.

When deciding who or where to go to for help, you need to evaluate yourself first. Find out if you are a self starter or if you can’t manage without step by step instruction. Once you find out which kind of person you are, you can pick the most appropriate learning materials for best results.

It’s not impossible to learn how to paint well even if you don’t think you have natural talent. With the right instructions, you can become an expert painter. You just need to find out which learning methods are ideal for you.

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McGreggor, Ed "You Can Learn How To Paint." You Can Learn How To Paint. 21 Jun. 2010. 14 Sep 2015 <>.

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