I did this one when I first started experimenting with painting. I found that the best way to explore new techniques was to head on over to youtube (of course). As you know it has everything you never knew you wanted to know and more. I found a subject I was interested in, which was abstract at the time, and watched a heap of tutorials. A channel I would recommend, is http://www.raeart.ca (on youtube), he does a lot of abstract painting and he has many tutorials and demonstrations, (you’ll love/hate his voice)but it is quite entertaining (I love raeart, he’s hilarious). I learnt so much, and it was so exciting to see the development and the results after an afternoons work. It’s really not rocket science, it’s art and anyone can do it.
The first thing I would suggest is to purchase some cheap paints (student acrylics are great to start). Then go to the art shop and only the art shop…and purchase 3 or 5 taklon brushes (good quality brushes make a very big difference) and then pop into the supermarket on the way home and just get a ream of A4 paper…and awayyyyyy you gooooo. (That says go not goo).
Plonk yourself infront of youtube and search. I found a great little youtube channel for beginners to try. It is called Mont Marte TV https://www.youtube.com/user/MontMarteArt?feature=g-high-c and if you can get past the host, Mont Marte Joe, you will learn a heap of great techniques. By the way I find Mont Marte Joe quite entertaining and I do a very good imitation of him while I am painting.
I started by searching poppies,(that’s how I found Mont Marte) then tutorials on how to paint poppies with acrylic paints. You can search for anything and you will end up no where near where you wanted to be, but take it in. Look at things you wouldn’t usually look at. Watch tutorials on things you would not usually look at. You will be amazed at the results. Because you have so much paper it won’t matter to anyone if you have 17 pages with just coloured lines on it, or 17 with something really impressive on it. GO FOR IT!
Ruby Ruby Ruby (Said in Cary Grant’s voice)