On painting 8/5/17: It's best to remember that painting can be treated as a thrilling discipline that can be mastered pretty easily. I'll tell you how to do this. I have been told by people that they would never be good artists because they dont think they are creative. To this I respond angrily and aggressively that to paint a reference picture it doesn't actually take any creativity it's only a discipline, if you can call it that. Painting a picture is like being able to play an unlimited person scramble match (a golf term) by giving yourself as many mulligans as you want. And it doesnt take a lot of paint sloshing around ruining your stuff like you see in the movies as the artists starve themselves off into insanity and never get rich.
No, a little oil paint goes a long way you just have to dilute the oil paint in a good paint medium that preferably dries fast if you are begginer. It also has to dry hard as a rock so that you can sand down the oil paint after you inevitably messed the the picture and did a horrible job the first time. Just sand down your old work, dont do a bunch of horrible pictures just because you have been taught the wrong technique. You are not making a fresco on the sistine chapel you are just painting a standard painting.
ANother thing I told this guy is that, 'remember that famous picture of a guy with his hat off his head floating to the side of him? Somebody didnt have to be some philosopher king socratic society beacon to think of that little idea. Being creative is an illusive term, being an idea person is close enough to the definition of being creative, and isnt it almost a choice to generate ideas? It takes daring to break away from tradition, and an adventurous heart, and an inquiring mind. Tthe things it takes to paint a standard pealistic painting: Skills you will find in the disciplinarian, the guy who wants to prove his control over hand eye coordination, time management, cognitive thinking, resume portfolio and or social stategery, and "left mindedness".
To begin painting you can think of it like this, it will seem like a chore to get all of the paints ready, and the medium, and the brushes, and maybe finding what you want to paint getting a reference photo and setting everything up while your wife is not looking, but once you start messing around it will be a fun time in the throes of embarking on a magical journey. Just make sure you use something like liquin original medium, no add intended, it was actually dismissed by one of the only art classes i have ever taken as soemhting like an unfair advantage not suitable for 'fine artists' it basicly dries over night which is perfect and it dries almost kindof a plexiglass surface, which you will have to sand down and paint over a million times. Mix it into your paint and get it so that it applies in a nice thin way over the canvas, dont worry about if you can see through it, dont glop the paint all over the canvas you are just making a mess and wasting all of your paint and ruining the picture and it will take like 3 weeks to dry literally. And do this, just use a very smooth surfaced board instead of a canvas, professionals that use canvas generally prepare a concoction of sanded gesso which is way over your head at this point, the glazes of oil and medium will be fine. . Draw your picture first with pencil, and get some flat surface that you can cover with aluminum foil. Put the paint on the aluminum foil as your pallet it is the secret technique that I invented that is wayy more practical than having some wooden board with paint spewed all over it. You can get new aluminum foil whenever you want, it sticks right on top of the old foil. And please, do yourself a favor and sit down, you dont have to stand around waving around all these acrutriments and worry about brush strokes, you are not bob ross , so just sit down before you get yourself winded.
This is the thing: When you go through the batle of setting things up painting will waste away your time that you usually spend on things like watching CNN, and worrying about the future. Eisenhower painted pictures of questionable quality, and so did George Bush. You can even paint a picture of politcal cartoons, unlike any president ever did before. If you get really good at it, and get into the inner circles of the art world, you may even uncover the misticle journey traveled by the likes of such accomplished artists as Leonardo and Davinci, along with Michelangelo and Renoir.
While painting, you may notice your breathing becomes slowed to allow for more coordinated lines. That slow breathing, still sitting, and focused thinking are the perfect ingredient for meditation and hypnosis, where your mind wanders freely, almost as if you were sleeping. It is much more lowering for the blood pressure than watching the jackals preying on your downfall over inside of the briar patch.