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No one is born a talented painter. Even the most famous artists have acquired skills with the brush and perfected it over the years to reach the pinnacle of success.

So, then, does a white piece of canvas inspire you to create a gorgeous painting? If yes, then it is quite an addictive hobby. Suddenly the inspiration wants to take shape and expression in myriad colors.

One needs to understand ART first. We all have a budding artist within us waiting to surface and explore, if one has the time and ability to nurture it. Art is so simple that it does not require any mandatory age, qualification or perquisite skill to begin with.

One can start learning art at any time. It is beautiful to know this fact itself. Drawing, scribbling, doodling, sketching, painting are all art forms. Some talented people take their art form to another dimension and create unique paintings.

From scraps, notebooks, scribbling on walls, each one of us have expressed our feelings. Now learning about Art is extremely easy. Developed as a hobby, art can easily become a profession.


What is Art?

Art is a basic form of communication. Just as a landscape inspires a dreamy poet to write a verse, just as the musician takes a fancy to a natural sound to compose music, just as a dancer sways to a rhythm or beat, an artist picks his brush to color a barren white canvas to express. Drawing is unfortunately more associated with children as they are still innocent and fear not how their ‘work of art’ is judged. Even an adult can actually learn about art and draw. It can be quite a therapeutic exercise to unwind and is an excellent hobby. It is a form of visual communication. A painting can create warmth, disturb the very soul or bring happiness in one’s life.

Can Anyone Become An Artist?

Yes, anyone can become an artist. As one develops a keen sense of color, shapes, sizes, and various art forms one can communicate as an artist. Thanks to centuries of Art Evolution and generations of artists there are many art forms. Right from pencil sketches, charcoal drawings to oil paints, watercolors, and acrylics many mediums help to create works of art. Any subject that pleases the eye is just right for painting. It could be a photograph, scenery, another painting, nature…just about anything! This is your chance to emote, make a space in the art world, bring out the true spirit of the subject or maybe just your interpretation of the subject. Not all art is pleasing to the human eye but the point is that it speaks for itself. It communicates itself.

Expressing Art
Once the initial fear of producing a bad work of art has faded, expressing art can become fun. Begin by learning about art basics. These give a fair idea of what to splash color with and get a boost of confidence. The easiest way to start is with watercolors. Nothing can be more invigorating as you play Holi (festival of colors) on paper. Get together those stray thoughts and check this out before taking the plunge.

1. The local artist’s studio is a great place to start, as it will have just about all the materials needed. Eventually you will have to invest in your own inventory and art stuff. As you get serious about painting, everything falls into place.
2. One should chose a subject that one is inspired to paint. Never mind how difficult it is to draw. Make sure a teacher is around to guide you with the basic forms and shapes.
3. As you learn, one does not draw pictures but forms ‘shapes’ of different sizes. With an open mind you will learn many things. For example the sky is not always blue… it could be purple, orange, or grey! Similarly, the grass could be red or brown too!
4. As the excitement of creating a piece of art, midnight thoughts come… jot them down and use it in the painting next day. Yes, it does mean that a painting cannot be finished in a day. You will be at it for some time to get it right. Maybe you would like work on another subject simultaneously in the meanwhile.
5. Keep focused on the painting. Anytime you feel the interest is waning, leave it for sometime. There is no deadline to finish a painting. It is not a nine-to-five job that requirements a time bound result.
6. Use eyes and hands to draw. Do not go by the mental image that forms in the mind. You will never get it exactly the texture or finish. Aim to get something personal to highlight the general feel of the painting.
7. The teacher should be around to help in areas where you are likely to be stuck.
8. Nothing goes right the first time. You may waste time and some art material but then like everything else even painting is learnt through trail and error.
9. Enjoy creating your masterpiece without any inhibitions of judgment. There is no competition amongst painters! Each painter is unique and each creation is equally unique. No two paintings are similar.
10. Do not give up yet if it has not worked out. There is always a new subject to work on.

Common Mistakes of a Budding Painter

Every budding artist goes through a trial period that can be quite frustrating. Over a period, identify some common mistakes that almost everyone makes. It will help one to tide over difficult lessons.

1. When a photograph is chosen as a subject matter for the painting, it is quite likely the new painter is likely to miss tones and shapes. A teacher will guide the student to use the correct pencil, correct paper and other materials to begin right.
2. It will be difficult to see ‘shapes and sizes’ or ‘cones, rectangles and triangles’ rather than the subject. It is a learning process; one has to go through to build the painting.
3. See the subject from all angles. Most new comers tend to see them as they are and result in caricatures.
4. Not used to using, various focus points or (perspective points) make the picture flat and dull. It takes practice. Do not get disheartened at the first attempt.
5. Leave out the finer details. Do not sketch out everything that has to be painted.
6. Most of all make as many mistakes possible to know that later you have a better chance of producing a finer piece of art.

There is much more learning about art. Study various types first to understand what suits you best. There is no end to creativity as long as the heart is willing as one continues the journey to express an inner vision on canvas. - N A Nagpal

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