I'd like some guidance on learning how to paint, and learning how to take photographs.
I have no artistic background to speak of. I tried to get into photography a while back (before the digital thing) but found I was kind of turned off by all the knobs and numbers. I've never really tried to paint at all, but I spent three months in Paris going to art museums for four hours a day, and some of the artists I was introduced to then still strike me.
Paintings that inspire me. I purchased a painting by the musician/painter Laura F Bennett
, and I could look at it forever. Here's one online
. It reminds me of Jean Dubuffet. I did actually like Yves Klein. I have no real desire to paint anything very realistic looking, but I would like to figure out how to "plan" a work - people do that right? I started reading about canvas, and gesso, and other things, but man it seems to get complicated and expensive fast. Where to start?
Photographs. Conversations about all the blah blah numbers and F-stops and the gearheads bore me. However, there is a particular style of composition that really speaks to me. Unfortunately I can't link directly to any of the photos that I know of because they're all behind Facebook, but I have a professional photographer friend (does catalog work for a retail chain) that somehow just seems to walk around and take the most amazing pictures of found objects. And it's seeing these things and the composition of these photos that is amazing. I've tried to do it and it just looks pretentious. How to learn?