Learning to Paint

I’ve always loved drawing and painting but I never got the chance before to do anything about it. Long story short, after I quit from my job, I’ve come to realize that I have too much time in my hands. So… I signed up for some introductory painting workshop.  It was for 3 hours and all we did was create a monochrome painting of some fruits. Then the teacher told us we can sign up for more sessions and we can copy an existing painting. I thought really hard – I’m jobless and it’s not cheap. But I was getting quite interested so I signed up for more sessions!

So how does a painting session go? Well, we prop our paintings and paint. And paint. Then an instructor goes around the room and asks the students if we have questions. He gives feedback and tips. But honestly, we’re on our own most of the time. But the ambiance was awesome and looking at the artwork of  all the talented students in the class inspires me to do better.

To be honest, the first thing I learned is that painting is not easy. At least it isn’t for me. I was really, really slooooooowwwww. Sometimes I just can’t get in the mood to paint. But once I started to “feel” it – I don’t want to stop. So after 8 slow sessions, this is the output:

First Painting Exercise

Not bad huh? I kinda like it and it’s hanging on my wall. 🙂

Painting is addictive. It got into my skin – figuratively and literally since I’m always covered with paint. Since I started, I just want to paint more.  And I like painting at the studio even if it is too pricy for me. I even made up excuses – like I’ll sign up for more sessions as birthday gift for myself, blah, blah. Well, after enrolling again for more classes, I finished two more pieces. One is a painting of my friend’s cute dog and another is of my niece. I kinda like doing portraits but I need to practice on my drawing so it’ll be faster next time.

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I still have a lot to learn but I’ve pretty much ran out of extra money for painting lessons. So I’m just doodling on my own – just random stuff. Maybe I’ll go back to the studio once I get a job. For now, youtube is my friend. 🙂

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