my attempt at painting

South Korea
September 13, 2011 5:49am CST
I wasn't on here for a few days coz we had a big festival called Chuseok yesterday and for that we had our aunt come over for a family gathering. She came here on Saturday and left this morning. Anyway she is one of the kindest, funniest person ever and is a very creative one too. She also paints beautifully. So, on Sunday, I was just lazily watching tv and she was painting. Then she called me over and asked me to try it. I was like WHAT??!! coz i don't paint and it had been over years since I last painted. And to be honest, I am very lousy at it LOL She told me to try anyway and stated she wasn't good before but practise made here painting skills better and she is still learning everyday. That kinda inspired me and so I attempted it but sadly it was a mess and I was so impatient that I left it halfway But anyway the good thing is, the interest of painting might be growing in me and I am thinking of buying a painting set So what are you guys up to these days? And what are your recent interests? And any tips for a noob painter?
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13 responses
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
15 Sep 11
Hi Thatgirl, Well, I am not an artist and I don't paint pictures but I do paint things. I paint furniture and I make incense burners. I will say that your Aunt is probably right in that your skills improve with practice. One thing I can say about painting is to not be afraid to experiment. When I painted my kitchen table, I knew from the start that I may not like the results but I sure didn't like it the way it was. What's the very worst that can happen if I screw up? hmm...I'll have to start over or at the very least just give up. I just got brave and went for it and the results were amazing. I get a lot of compliments on it. I think the biggest block in any creative adventure is fear of failure and lack of desire. If you really want to paint then just go with it even if you have to toss 1000 sheets of paper...you are bound to get better over time.
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• South Korea
18 Sep 11
Thank you so much for your encouraging words. And yes what you said is true, the feeling of failure is probably one thing that keeps stopping me from doing things. Thanks I'll keep in it mind that failure is not the worst thing, not trying to do somthing is. Thanks a lot and have a wonderful day
@louievill (16346)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
Okay my advise, like any skill, painting is an art so practice to improve and as the saying goes, "practice makes perfect" it may not be perfect but if you keep practicing you will near perfection. Before buying expensive art materials, buy a good soft pencil first and a sketch pad, learn to draw first using pencil and learn the principles of "light and shadow", scaling. proportions. No matter how complicated a painting is, the basic is still drawing ( ask your aunt about this). I paint, the problem is it's hard to make money with it because my friends and relatives just want to ask for my paintings for free and it take a very long time for me to finnish one and the materials are very expensive
• South Korea
18 Sep 11
Wow thanks. This is like so professional advices. I really don't know anything about light and shadow really And my aunt, she doesn't draw first. She just takes out her stuffs and paints directly. I assume she has a mental picture in her brain already? I am not sure how she does it though, I can never picture anything in the head before starting. Anyway I think that is a good idea, drawing it first and then proceeding with the painting. Thanks a lot but I still think I have tons to learn, but I will try
@koperty3 (1877)
13 Sep 11
Few years ago I painted on glass. I don't consider myself talented but painting relaxed me and I felt like very creative person. Sadly I did not paint years. Painting on glass is very different from painting on paper but can be also so rewarding. Recently my love is writing and I do it whenever I have time.
• South Korea
15 Sep 11
I did feel kinda relaxed while painting too but soon I got impatient as my paintings weren't turning out good. I have never tried painting in glass. But we did have a project when I was in elementary school but I choose knitting (coz I am good at it hehe). Anyway thanks for dropping by and good lick with your writings
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20 Sep 11
maybe i should paint anyway even if i am rubbish, just to relax :)
@koperty3 (1877)
21 Sep 11
Sometimes when I see some paintings in the gallery and people are amused by two strips and big stain on the picture I think that I could do that. Its not very complicated to paint strips and I could earn money as an "artist".
@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
14 Sep 11
I have two hobbies on painting... 1. Landscape canvas board oil painting in oils 2. landscape pentel oil pastel on canvas board....
• South Korea
15 Sep 11
Hey thanks for the share but to be honest I didn't really get the latter one. Does it have something to do with crayons and stuffs?
@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
Crayons are made of wax (a colored wax) but oil pastels may be mix with linseed oil in order to soften, liquidized (like an oil paint too when mixed with linseed oil) or other mineral spirits.... (turpentine i guess)...
• South Korea
18 Sep 11
Thanks for clearing up the confusion
20 Sep 11
i can't paint.. i can draw.. but only cartoons. like cartoon people. i can't draw anything "preoperly" but my cartoons are pretty cool lol! i used to watch a thing on tv called water colour challange.. they brough 3 or 4 painters to a place, and they had 2 hours to draw and paint where they were.. like a momument or sculpture or something.. obviously the show was only an hour long so they cut stuff out. but it was amazing, some were abstract, some had all the scenery included, some focused on one main thing with other things a blur behind it, some did it from the side etc, and it was amazing.. and i was always so jealous of them lol!
• South Korea
25 Sep 11
Wow it sounds like a great show. I'm going to look for it and find that out I really think people who can paint have lots of talent coz just out of colours they create so many beautiful life like things. And blending colours is something I am so lousy at i can't even explain lol Thanks for the share
26 Sep 11
nooo problem. you have made me SO jealous of people that can paint!! haha!!
@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
Hi thatgirl! I think painting is a good hobby so you should pursue it! And who knows, painting might just really runs in your blood like your Aunt. I'm not much into new interests right now because I'm busy with school, work and myLot. But I want to start writing literary piece again which I can post to my triond account. I also want to continue writing stuffs about my work, scholarly stuffs, which I could put into my credentials. ^^
• South Korea
16 Sep 11
Hehe I really wish it did. But looking at my creations now, you wouldn't say that hehe. Anyway hopefully I'll be better with time and practise And I hope you start your literary writing soon, coz hey the sooner the better init?? :) Good luck with that and have a nice day!
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@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
Good luck with you, too! Hopefully I can start with my writing during the sembreak.
• India
14 Sep 11
i am also intereste4d in painting,i am learning too,it makes us happy when we see our own painting,even its a mess,i suggest u to keep practicing,and search in youtube for more tutorials,more than that when u are practicing you will find a new way by urself.all the best
• South Korea
15 Sep 11
Thanks a lot and yes I will keep practising. I wish you all the best for your paintings too. Good luck and hope you have a wonderful day!
@riukaoni (17)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
Hi, it's true that every person was not born perfect, if you wanted to try new things the word practice is always beside it... I may not consider myself as one of the professionals since I love to draw and paint, I started painting since my childhood years because of my older sister, it was awful, the color combination was a bit at the edge. All I did was practice, practice, practice mainly on the basis since it's important, and I think that taking your time will hone your skills. Good luck on making wonderful paintings! ~^^~
• South Korea
15 Sep 11
Thanks a lot and yes I do believe practise is the magic in everything. I will try more and not get frustrated from the next time and practise a lot. Since you started painting as a child, you must be good at it now Thanks for the response and have a lovely day.
• United States
13 Sep 11
Hi thatgirl! Painting sounds like fun and I am not artist and or painter of any kind. I wish I was and simply never really looked into to it and or probably because I can't draw so I probably figure that I won't be good at anything artistically. I am good with photoshop but not a professional at it. I can say I have started any new interests as nothing really new has come my way.
• South Korea
15 Sep 11
I was always interested in drawing coz my sister is a really good artist and maybe that got me envious when I was a kid and I tried to copy them but I was never even close to her. I still can never match up my sis haha but that's ok Anyway I am glad my aunt has given me this new passion and I think imma try it for a while hehe!! And I really am bad at photoshops Whenever i need something like that to be done, I have to post my pictures to y friends and they do the job for me. I wish I knew something but seriously i know nothing hehe! Thanks for the response
@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
13 Sep 11
I few days ago I started painting again after a very long break. I have been so buys with other things that I haven't read had the time to draw and paint, but a few days ago I decided to take a break from my other activities and spend the time painting. In the beginning I wasn't very happy with the result and I made some stupid mistakes because I had been away from art for many months, but after a while things got better and managed to finish the painting. Most of my paintings are a mix of acrylics and papers, but I recently bought some watercolours as well, and I look forward to experimenting with them.
• South Korea
13 Sep 11
Good luck with your paintings then. And since you were a good painter to begin with, I am sure you will make loads of beautiful things. I still lack a lot but hoping to get better. Anyway thanks for the response and have a wonderful day!
@Humbug25 (12552)
13 Sep 11
Hi there thatgirl13 I would love to be able to paint, I think there is a lot of satisfaction to be gained from it but sadly I am just rubish at it and lack the patience for it. I have never been able to get past stickmen hahaha. At the moment my interests are getting my Christmas shopping done would you believe hahaha, once that is out of the way I might get back into taking pictures and learn how to make friendship bracelets.
• South Korea
13 Sep 11
Haha don't worry. i am the same too but I guess with enough practise we can get better And that is one great interest to be having. I love shopping for special occasions too but ours haven't started yet :) Anyway thanks for the response and have a wonderful day
@ElicBxn (60078)
• United States
13 Sep 11
many now famous artists were not appreciated in their time... I'm not much good either, but I want to try and get better, but only after I've finished up a bunch of other projects!
• South Korea
13 Sep 11
Let's keep on practising and get better then :) Good luck to us
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@Luciano63 (157)
• France
14 Jan 12
Painting is a great experience if done correctly, the result is not as important as the good feelings you can feel while painting. I paint to feel good and sometimes I even produce interesting canvas!