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Lessons from Painting in 2018

January 14, 2019

I am very proud of myself for choosing to take another step into the painting world. I started this new venture about a year and a half ago and it turned into something I never expected. It led me into a new direction and a path to self-discovery. I signed-up for my first painting class last semester and learned so much from my experience. Although I will not be in an art class this semester because I will be dedicating more time to my business degree, I will continue to paint on my free time. My style has changed, and I am finding my voice. Because I opened myself to change and embraced a positive outlook on this, I was able to learn a few tools in class.  Below are the tips my professor guided me with to achieve a necessary foundation to painting.


Wisely choose the amount of color you want to add to your base. Do this with ease and be patient. It will enable you to create the best color. When the paint dries, you will be able to see how different pigments dance with each other.

Mixing colors is a conversation.

Layering paints can tell a story.

Be careful when using acrylic paint; it will dry quickly and turn into a “plastic.” Add water to your mix to keep it fluid.

Remember to dip your brushes in water when you are not using them. This technique will prevent the paint from permanently ruining them.

Step back and look at your work from a distance. Cover different corners with your hand, or fist, to get a better view of your overall painting.

Lastly, let the paint be paint, and do not control it.


Although you may think that these points are logical, they can be overlooked. Until one is taught, one will not have concrete knowledge of the significance of these tools. 


I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and paint. It can teach you a lot about yourself such as testing your patience, learning about your energy, and discovering who you are. I learned that I enjoy the movement of gesture, texture, and flow.  




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