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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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