Can Anyone Learn to Draw and Paint?

This is a question I get asked frequently often I hear comments like ‘I would love to draw and paint but I’m not talented’.  It is surprising how much anxiety just the idea of drawing and painting in front of others can bring to some people.  I can understand these feelings and why it is so hard for many to make the first step of joining an art class.

Whenever I have worked with young children of 6 or 7, none of this anxiety exists. Children love to draw and show you their drawings, they will start drawing and painting excitedly in a very unconscious way.  By the time we become teenagers many of us have decided that we ‘can’t’ draw or paint.  So what happens to make this change?

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Why You Can Have Too Many Paint Colours

Many learners are quite surprised when I tell them that you can get by with just three paint colours.  These paints, the primary colours are red, blue and yellow and in theory you can mix any colour from them.  Is it true? Can you have too many paint colours?

The Importance of Colour Mixing 

When you are learning to paint it is important to learn how colours are created. You can only really gain a knowledge of colours by mixing them and for this you need to just work with the primaries.  I recommend that all beginners work with primary colours and mix all the colours themselves.

It is important to learn how to mix colours
It is important to learn how to mix colours

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