Well, it’s not easy. Do you know who really bugs me? – it’s that guy on the television with his “easy as pie, learn to paint in 25 minutes” routines. It’s all tricks – it’s not art, it’s totally misleading. And then I have these poor unfortunates in my art class, thinking that they should be able to produce the same results, in 25 minutes, it’s not right. It’s very disheartening for people. Art takes time.
But, let’s think for a minute about what you’re looking for – and why you want to learn to paint or draw. Are you one of those people who think that it’ll be relaxing? Urg – it’s not relaxing, I’m sorry to break it to you. You could be imagining that it’s lovely for artists to be able to spend all their time doing something they love, doing their hobby and getting paid for it too? Oh dear, where did that one come from? Now, it’s not all bad news. For instance if somebody asks me: will you draw us a horse’s head, mister? – well, I can do that and it’s sorta satisfying (see Toby below) but would you believe that artists spend most of their time worrying? Tearing their hair out? Reproaching themselves? You don’t want that, let me tell you. But I reckon that you find art inspiring and you love reading about it and thinking about it. Amn’t I right?
Now, this might be off the wall but – why not leave it at that? Visit the museums, view the art, read about it, think about it, maybe even write about it. Because… art needs people like you. The world needs people like you! people who notice and appreciate art, people who understand that life is not just about work and the economy, people who think about life and the universe…
Ok, if you do all that and you still want to learn the techniques… all I can say is that it takes TIME. The longer you spend at it, the better you’ll become. Don’t be comparing yourself to Rembrandt or Monet. I reckon they spent more time at it than you did. Am I right?
By the way, here’s a link to a website that I found really inspiring about art –