Many people have misconceptions about painting and learning how to paint. They believe that painting is a God given talent. You either have it or you don’t. Well, they are wrong. Painting is a skill and like any skill it can be taught and mastered. In this article we’ll talk about how long does it take to learn how to paint.
To achieve the master level it will, of course, take a lot of time and effort, but starting is easy. It’s extremely important to take your time and learn the basics.
When starting out, just a few principles and techniques are enough to get you going. Most people, especially those who think they are talentless, are very surprised when they see the results.
Every beginner needs lessons. There are no shortcuts, like talent for example. If you want to understand what you are doing, you will have to learn and understand the fundamentals. You must lay the foundations upon which you can build.
Any artist that knows something about his art can spot an amateur painting a mile away. If you would know a thing or two about composition, perspective, color theory, brushwork techniques, and so on, you would too.
All of those things that I mentioned above – from composition to brushwork techniques – plus many others that I didn’t mention, are fundamentals. But don’t be intimidated, it’s not as difficult as it sounds.
If someone explains to you and shows you how all this things work together, you will be able to start creating serious works of art in no time. In a matter of weeks.
Of course, it will take years and years and years to achieve true mastery, but to start all you need is a desire to paint and some sort of lessons. Always remember, painting is a skill and like any skill it can be learned. Just stick to it and you will bring out the artist within.
- Local artist gives lesson in acrylics during workshop (commercialappeal.com)