Tips to help develop your painting skills



Painting is a mode of creative expression, and can be done in numerous forms. Painting is the act of applying paints on a solid surface in other to create a design.            Most people approach painting with the saying that practice makes perfect, hoping soon they will improve. If you’re practising the wrong things, or the right things in the wrong way, you’ll have a very poor improvement. You’ll get frustrated and there’s a good chance you’ll give up and declare artistic ability as something “you either have or don’t have”.




Tips for better improvement:




1. Get better art supplies: Possibly the easiest way to get better is to upgrade your art supplies. A well-cared-for sable brush can last your whole career and produce the same fine lines on its last day of work as on its first. A better grade of paper helps give your paintings depth and texture. More expensive paints produce richer colors.




2. Create a comfort zone: Make your work area ergonomic and comfortable. Clean your palette before putting on fresh colors. Set up your painting area in a room with a view. Play your favorite music while you paint. Find a painting coverall you like to wear over your clothes.




3. Study art expert: Take workshops. Watch how-to videos. Read art books. Visit art galleries. Join an art club. Subscribe to an art magazine. Look up art sites on the Internet. Take a life drawing class. Copy an old master work for study. Explore art movements in history.



4. Constant Practice: Improve your drawing skills. Draw every day. Keep a sketchbook and use it. Set up a studio space you use only for creating art. Paint every day. Paint from nature.



5. Apply composition and design:
Design your composition before painting. Plan a color scheme. Plan and use a value pattern. Use thumbnail sketches. Make sure to include a center of interest. Obey the laws of perspective in realistic landscapes. Take the image all the way to the edge of the paper. Use thick and thin and broken lines. Make more gradation. Make no two shapes the same.



6. Remove the pressure:
When you set out making a piece of art, you inherently put pressure on yourself. It conditions you to use your pencils or your paints and brushes in the same way you always have.
What you need to do is remove the pressure.