This was a question I have been asked a few times, especially when a learner wants to be able to paint something specific like hair for example. Learners can get very hung up about techniques and how to learn them. Techniques need to be thought of as ways to apply or remove paint to create a visual effect, that is all they really are. Some techniques are extremely simple although at first glance you may not be able to tell how the painter achieved the effect. Some techniques are more complex and require more of a knowledge of materials.
I thought I would write this post because having taught hundreds of learners I recognise two types of learner. Those that experiment and those that won’t and I am sure you can guess which learners have the best results.
What do I mean by experimenting and why is it so important?
I am essentially talking about a free mind to experiment and try things out without knowing where it will lead. This approach allows discoveries to be made which is part of the learning creative process. By trying things out we get to discover our own unique style in art, what media we like, the types of marks we can make etc.