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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Learning Everywhere

Learning Anywhere and Every way

I follow lots of artists blogs and newsletters.
I subscribe to some online classes.

I have lots of dvd's, books and magazines.
They all teach painting in lots of different ways, mediums and styles.

The other day I sat down to rest a few minutes after vacuuming and turned on PBS.
There was a gentleman (I didn't get his name)
painting roses.
I have struggled painting roses, so I sat down and watched.
I needed to finish my work, but the next day I headed to my studio and tried to remember how he taught.

I painted the background and a big purple area as I recalled how he did it.
Next he switched from acrylic to oil, which I can't do.
So I got out my jar of medium, that allows the acrylic to stay open (wet) longer.

There were some things I got and some things I didn't,
but I was pretty happy with the result.

You can see for yourself.

   This is a 20" x 16" acrylic on a canvas panel.
This is a fun painting because I was stretching my mind remembering and trying to get my brushes do what I wanted.

You can learn from looking,
but most importantly, you have to pick up the brush and paint.

Reading and watching is never enough.
It takes time for the brush to become part of your hand,
but it must.
You have to know how it behaves in the paint
and how to mix the paint.  

It takes daily practice to become proficient at it.

So, learn where ever and how ever you can.
And then, practice and apply what you learn often.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

If you want to learn to paint from the ground up
here's a link for my online course.

Click HERE to view my online beginning painting course.
This course takes you from how to create a color wheel and what brushes to buy, to how to complete two paintings.



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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.