Finding time to paint can be a challenge. So I have outlined my steps to get started on a painting session.
You may think you’re not an artist, but I believe anyone can create. The first step is to find time, which can be done by getting rid of time wasters.
What are time wasters? Things like social media and mindless television are the obvious ones. However, watching your favorite TV show or reading your favorite book can be a great way to relax at the end of the day, so long as it does not become a habit that takes away from other important tasks.
This blog outlines my steps for preparing for a painting session:
1) Get supplies ready
2) Find a photo reference image (you can use Google images)
3) Sketch out rough composition
4) Draw in details with pencil (not pen- you will need to erase)
5) Clean up sketch with eraser and/or ink pen. If you make mistakes, don’t panic! You can fix them later in photoshop.
6) Transfer sketch onto canvas with light table or tracing paper (optional)
7) Fix any errors or clean up sketch with eraser and/or ink pen again if needed.
8 ) Start
If you want to start a painting session, there are many things that need to be done. Here is a list of steps I take each time I begin a new painting. This list is meant for myself, so that I can remember what it is I am supposed to do before I start work on a painting.
My approach is simple and direct. These steps may seem redundant or unnecessary to you, but they work for me and they have made the difference in getting me to actually sit down and start working on my paintings.
Hi, I’m Frida Kahlo. I’m here to tell you how to get the most out of your painting sessions. It’s all about preparation.
I want to start by saying that I’ve been painting for years now and there are a few things that I’ve learned that should help you to achieve some success in your painting sessions.
I paint every day, usually two or three paintings a week depending on how busy I am and at first it was hard work, but now it’s my passion and what I love doing the most.
My advice for getting into a good mood is to avoid painting with people who want to chat all the time or who are always asking you what you’re doing. If you can, try and get rid of phones and TV while you’re painting and listen to some music instead as this really helps me get into my zone when I’m creating my art.
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty:
1) Always have a plan in mind before you start your work – This is very important as it will help you stay focused while working on your art and avoid wasting too much time on unnecessary details.
2) Have all your materials ready – This will save time later on and ensure that your painting session
“I start with a blank canvas and then paint wildly, like a crazy woman. I work very fast, for me, about one hour for the underpainting in oil and two hours for the work on top of that. But I rest for awhile in between and try to see it with fresh eyes. That is the trick!”
Frida Kahlo’s description of her painting process was very different from the way most of us approach our works. Frida said she painted intuitively, but that is not to say she didn’t take great care in preparation. In fact, preparation was everything to Frida. She believed there must be order, before you can add “the wild strokes of color.”
It’s no secret that I paint every day. And although many of you may think I’m a good artist, I am in fact a terrible artist. This blog is about how I prepare for my painting sessions and why I believe it is important to paint daily.
With my blog, “How To Draw A Nose”, I want to show people that drawing isn’t as hard as they think. The same goes with this blog. Drawing isn’t as hard as you think it is. You just need to do it every day.
Painting takes discipline, and discipline takes time. The more time you put in everyday, the better your paintings will get. Even if you feel like your paintings are not going well while you are making them, they are still helping you become a better painter down the road.
Note: If you don’t have any idea of what painting is like, this blog probably won’t make sense to you. It might be helpful to read my first blog, “How To Draw A Nose” before reading this one so that you know what kind of things I am talking about when I mention things like brush control and mixing colors on your palette.
For me it starts with the blank canvas. The “what if” question will come later, but first there is a need to find that place of creativity, that place where you can lose yourself in your painting while still coming back to reality.
So, here are some steps I take to get into that creative space and start my session fresh.
Hi, Thank you for visiting my blog.
Let’s begin with the tools I use in my art. I start by sketching my idea on paper, then I transfer my drawing to canvas. Some artists prefer charcoal or pastel and some painters use acrylics. There is no right or wrong way to create your painting.
My painting area is set up with a canvas or panel on an easel and two or three wooden chairs depending on how large the painting will be. I like to stand while working but some painters like to sit, so it’s important to make yourself comfortable. The next step is selecting the colors that I will use for each area of the painting. My palette consists of oil paints and mediums that are used to mix colors that are opaque and transparent.
There are many color combinations that can be used when starting a new painting. Your choice of colors depends on your personal style and preference. For example, I like using complementary colors because they produce such vibrant mixes when combined together; however, other artists prefer using analogous colors because they create a harmonious effect in the finished artwork.
After selecting my colors, I then paint the background which in most cases is blue or purple if the subject is female and green if the subject is