I had a dream... I was Picasso!
October 6, 2010 10:20 AM Subscribe
I had a dream I started painting again. Help me renew this hobby cheaply and correctly.
posted by two lights above the sea to sports, hobbies, & recreation (8 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Ever since I was a kid I loved nothing more than to get behind an easel and paint for hours on end. It was all I did in high school, and all I did at home. You should have seen the carpets in my bedroom. Covered in paint. I even took classes at the University of the Arts (here in Philly) in high school. Fancy! However, when I started working full time and got adult responsibilities (and didn't go to art school), I stopped painting. I figured there was no point if I was never going to go anywhere with it, right?
Last night, I had a dream that I was painting again. I was extremely happy in the dream, and woke up missing that part of my life and myself. I now understand the value of having rewarding hobbies outside of work, so I'd like to start painting again. I haven't painted in at least 3 years, maybe 4. I don't even remember which brushes are best for which paint. I don't even remember if that matters! Help!
Can you point me to some simple guides on the web? As I said, it was all I did in high school, so once I start reading I'm sure it will all come back. I just don't know where to start. If you have any general/simple/common sense advice (aside from 'Just start painting',) please share! If it's important, my two favorite mediums were watercolor and oil. Acrylic never did it for me.
Two bonus questions:
My mom works at a craft store and gets a 40% discount. Is this my cheapest option for obtaining supplies, or is there a place online with rock-bottom prices? I'm on a budget right now, so saving money on this is pretty key.
I'm in Philadelphia. Are there any workshops/classes available in this area on the cheap? I'm talking very cheap; I was student at the community college, but even taking a class there would be too much for me to spend right now. I used to be fairly talented, but obviously it's been a while.
Thanks in advance!