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Old 12-09-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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I have always wanted to paint pictures but never have tried, I am home recouping from surgery and thought if not now then when.
How do I get started? a friend of mine paints and brought over some books and suggested I start with paint by numbers.
I am on a fixed income and cannot afford to go out and buy a bunch of painting supplies and then realize that I have no talent and push the materials to the corner frustrated. No deep end diving for me- baby pool please. I am retired and realize time is precious and I would like to develop whatever talent I may have.
Would getting paint by number kits be a way to start? brushes? etc, etc.
Any advice would be helpful.

Sid

Ahhhh... You know, pencil and piece of paper is easy way to find out if you have drawing skill. As you get nowhere without that. I doubt a Picasso is asleep in you.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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Make sure the Oil paints are Professional Grade, not Student Grade. Student Grade Oil paint does not mix and create proper colors, fade over time and are a waste of time.
BEYOND THE ARTIST'S WAY by julie susanne: Oil Paint : Student Grade or Professional Grade?
I seriously doubt it. The manufacturing quality of everything may have changed over time. I wonder whether oil paint is more prone to deterioration over time than acrylics or watercolor. I've got acrylic and watercolor paintings hanging in various family houses, painted decades ago, that look the same as I remember painting them. I wonder whether specific brands of student grade oil paint are worse than others. I haven't looked at my few oils from that era, as the canvases were unrolled and stored a long time ago, because I needed to move trans-Atlantic. Probably I should check.

Also... if you read the comments section for that article, you'll see that 1 person criticizes the author's ability to control the lighting and digital processing conditions of her photographs. Ok, she says it still happens anyways, regardless of what her photos are showing. But what was she also storing in her closet? Chemical processes can change things; could her closet have had some kind of Volatile Organic Compound outgassing from somewhere that ruined her work? Did she ever have her house / apartment pumped full of ozone to "freshen the air" or abate a smell or something? Ozone is a nasty reactive chemical, it will do all sorts of bad things to your paintings. I wouldn't go to town on her claims of student grade oils deteriorating over time, unless you corroborate her results with a lot of other people experiencing the same thing firsthand.

More to the point, first prove that you actually are into painting, and not just wasting money on an idea or whim. Spending 2x on something you don't actually end up doing is foolish. Or what if you like acrylics or watercolor better? One thing about watercolors, the paints are cheaper, although the paper isn't so cheap. (Oh, um, but if you do go for watercolor, please please please get some of the "real" tube color stuff, not pan colors. Those pan colors are generally awful. No life or vibrancy.)

It is very typical for beginning painters to be handed a tube of black, a tube of white, and possibly 1 other color, then told to paint in monochrome. None of fancy "professional grade" pigments matter for such an exercise.

Learn to walk before worrying about whether you can fly.

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Old 12-09-2013, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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Ahhhh... You know, pencil and piece of paper is easy way to find out if you have drawing skill. As you get nowhere without that. I doubt a Picasso is asleep in you.
Picasso didn't just wake up one day and start being Picasso. He had classical art training, in a school, and did a lot of stuff that wasn't at all "weird" before he broke away and did what he's famous for. So if you aren't suddenly Picasso... who cares, it doesn't matter. Go take your drawing classes like the rest of us, or at least read a "how to" book and expect to get better by actually drawing.
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:17 PM
 
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To the OP didn't you mention your mother was an artist? Just get some paper, any paper, a pencil and an eraser and
start drawing. Start by doing contour line drawings (drawing an outline of anything that's in the room). It doesn't matter
if you mess up or it's not what you want - it just takes practice and learning how to see.
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Yes, My mother died at an early age but I know she was the youngest art student at Newcomb College in New Orleans, probably paled around with some famous men and women. Today Newcomb pottery is highly sought after. She collected some art work but I have no idea whether it is anyone acclaimed. I hope a smidgen of talent made it my way, kinda doubt it but I want to try to discover what lies beneath.
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:20 PM
 
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That's impressive and something to be proud of. Hope you have a few pieces? Me thinks, you will do just fine.
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