I've been a professional writer all my working life--non-fiction: newspapers, national magazines, books, tv--and now that I'm semi-retired I'm attempting to learn a new skill. Painting. It's thrilling to see the world in a new way and I love it. The instructor is delightful: accomplished and generous with praise. I've taken her beginners' course and learned a lot--by my subjective eye, I went from worst in the class to second best. Now I'm in the follow-up course. But I'm not very good yet and nearly all the 15 or so others in this class have painted for years or have taken lots of courses, and they're embarrassingly far ahead of me. I know that I must "compete" only with myself. I know that I can advance only at my own pace and that should be fine. But I want to learn faster! I want to be the best! I'm reading books, and practicing outside class, and messing around with different paints and colors and substrates, and that helps.
Is there anything else I might do that would help me learn faster? Tips? Reading? Materials? Just practicepracticepractice? See, I don't even know enough yet to ask a clear and concrete question. Mefi artists, can you show me the way?
posted by fivesavagepalms
on Jun 6, 2014 -
I make an effort to visit art museums very regularly. I love art! How can I make the most out of my visit? I would also welcome suggestions for how to get more out of the books I read and films I watch. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit
on May 22, 2014 -
I'd love to do more urban/travel sketching with watercolors and ink, and I'm pretty new to art. How do I learn to do it better? More inside! [more inside]
posted by lightgray
on Feb 12, 2014 -
I would like to start learning how to draw, after 16 years of stick figures. I am keeping a sketchbook to practice in frequently, but I was wondering if anyone had some good resources for jump-starting my artistic development (there are overwhelmingly many such resources on the Internet). I am also interested in general modern art, metal art, sculpting, lithography, and photography. Thanks in advance! ^_^
posted by myitkyina
on Sep 13, 2013 -
Who represents learning disabled artists? Or how can I find blogs or catalogs that feature learning disabled or developmentally disabled artists working in any media? Europe and South America especially but welcoming feedback about the rest of the world. Thanks!
posted by parmanparman
on Jul 17, 2013 -
The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion.
I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out.
How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Mar 16, 2012 -
Where can I find resources on the web or in print for great art-making and unique crafty ideas for adults? [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Nov 3, 2011 -
For as long as I can remember, I always liked to draw. Unfortunately, I'm also the worst artists I've ever met. Help me change this! [more inside]
posted by GilloD
on Jul 18, 2011 -
How can I conduct research into whether or not there would be any interest for a paid tutorial website? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Dec 30, 2010 -
I have no visual arts skills and want to change that this year. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by mendel
on Jan 4, 2009 -
I want to start painting with acrylics. What are good, inexpensive supplies to get? What are some good resources/websites to learn how to start? [more inside]
posted by petah
on Apr 25, 2006 -
I'd like to learn basic 3-d modeling. Right now I have 3-d studio max r4. Are there any good online tutorials or guides that go over the basics. [more inside]
posted by delmoi
on Apr 25, 2006 -