There will be days, hours, months and sometimes years when you are feeling very frustrated with creating art. This is an element of the beginning start of learning to draw and paint for most people, but it might surprise you to realise that it doesn’t stop. Many professional artists feel this way regularly and it seems to be part of the process of creating. What can we do when it all gets too much?
On my courses I teach drawing and painting in distinct blocks of time, so there is five weeks on drawing before moving onto painting. The problem with this is that it can subconsciously teach learners that drawing and painting are different activities when they are very closely linked to one another. Brush ‘drawing’ is one way of communicating to learners that you can ‘draw’ when you paint. A brush painting is ‘drawing’ with paint or ink and a brush. A true brush drawing is done in line (that means the paint is not watered down or blended so the line is kept just like a line ‘drawing’. There is no tonal information in a brush drawing.