Any artist on the bee?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
1945 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m not an artist but whose to say what’s good and bad? If you enjoy it just keep on painting!

But there are various things you can do:

learn about composition & colour 

study techniques

visit museum and look at art that is considered great/important art for one reason or another 

Take classes

Look out for open studio sessions by artists in your area (either to simply witness an artist work or be taught)

Most of all practise and keep painting to find a strong point of view for yourself 

Do preparatory work before you begin your canvas such as practise drawings of your motif 

If you strive to paint a particular style such a cubist, realist, hyperrealiat, abstract, impressionists etc it still always serves an artist well to be a good draughstman – so practise drawing. 


Post # 3
2845 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

The best tip that I have ever received as an art student was to carry a sketch book everywhere. Sure, you can always paint right from the start but drawing builds technical skill that projects into other art forms. In my case, I find that even my digital art is more successful after drawing out all of my ideas first. Art is a wonderful pastime so just enjoy yourself! 😊

ETA: If you have one in your area, visit a Dick Blick store sometime! Their primary customers are college students so their products are high quality but budget friendly! Their employees are usually familiar with what courses require for their kits and should be able to help you put together your own kit similar to what students are currently using. Also keep an eye out for little co-ops at local universities! They are planned by professors and usually run on donation admissions. 

Post # 6
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Mrs.MilitaryBee :  art teacher here- show us a pic! Sounds exciting 😊 Hope you’re having fun! Remember practice makes perfect. 

Post # 9
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I started doing watercolor painting a couple years ago, and ended up being much better than I thought I would be. 
I watched a lot of youtube videos, read a lot of blogs, and honestly just looked at photographs I liked and then tried to paint them when I was first starting. 
Have fun! 

Post # 10
2845 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Mrs.MilitaryBee :  Absolutely! Drawing is definitely not my strong suit at all but it helps to see my ideas come to life before execution. If you like landscapes/seascapes, it will be beneficial to practice with perspective. Watching tutorials will definitely help, but taking a class or two can make a world of difference. 

Post # 11
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2017

Try intuitive art there are some good websites on it online,it will free you up.

Post # 12
234 posts
Helper bee

There is a youtube channel called theartsherpa and she always puts up videos of really great beginner painting tutorials. I think you should give it a look.

Post # 13
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

The top tip i got from my painting professor in college is to hold the brush close to the end of the handle, not close to the brush head. This allows looser strokes and a more natural style, rather than the tight, “drawing with paint” thing that most beginners do.

Post # 14
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Artist here! Raised by an artist and surrounded by a bunch of artists trained in tradtional realism. I’ll just tell you what my dad always tells me over and over.


Use a larger brush at first, hold it at the middle/end of the brush, not too close to the bristles. Work loosely, relax.

Figures and still life:

Start off with very basic lines and shapes, even a stick figure with some circles to represent the shoulders, head, torso, etc, you will need to study a bit of anatomy and look at figures to get more experience in this. Drawing nude models is the quickest way to learn and it can be awkward at first but you’ll quickly get used to it because the result is so rewarding.

Still life is simpler because there’s no complicated anatony, but it’s a similar idea, draw the general shape, angles, just to get the dimensions correct. Then for both start to smooth out the shapes and get more detailed, add some features but don’t get too detailed if you’re painting.


When thinking about colors there are four things to remember: Is it warm/cool? Is it light/dark? This will help you narrow down which color to use when painting from real life.

White objects are never really white, it reflects the colors surrounding it, which makes it some of the most interesting and colorful things to paint. Cool objects in shadow, warm in sunlight. In a landscape the further away, the more light and blurred, the closer the more dark and sharp.


With the shapes you drew, start off by separating extreme dark and light, it may look weird, a face may have dark brown on the shadow areas and bright orange on the light. Continue to develop the colors as to what you see in real life, don’t be afraid to add colors you wouldn’t expect, skin ofsten has tones of blue or green. Same with still life. Basic dark and light colors first, then develop.


Hope this helped! Don’t stop drawing what you see and painting as much as you can. A portable watercolor kit (Windsor and newton) is great to practice wherever you get inspired. I love oil paint, but it takes dedication, and it can get expensive. Ink wash is a form of painting/drawing, and it’s pretty simple to learn. Acrylic is something most beginners use, I don’t like it myself though. Let me know if I need to clarify anything.

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