For all of you who have ever said: "I would like to try oil painting, but I'm not good at art." - this post is for you!
Joachim, my husband, is a self-proclaimed non-artist. I asked him if he would like to try painting and he said yes.
This is what he saID: "I would like to see a finished painting that I made, but I'm really scared doing it and I have no clue how to get there."
Tonight, he entered the world of paintbrushes and oil paint!
Joachim wanted to paint a house - our house, his way. Since his last time painting (watercolor) was as a fourteen year old in Germany, he was basically starting from scratch.
He still remembered that he painted a house back in 1981.
Here are the pictures of tonight's painting adventure. He used a photo reference that was on my iphone. It's not on his easel because I had to use it to take a picture of him once in a while.
THIS IS WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR JOACHIM - in his words:
- It was easy to paint with oil because you can correct easily (better than watercolor.)
- It's easy to make the painting darker or lighter.
- To be honest, painting with a brush was easier than drawing with a pencil, because you can make larger strokes and fill in things faster.
- You can be bolder with a brush.
THIS IS WHAT HE LEARNEd in 20 minutes:
- How to use two brushes at the same time. One for painting and one for correcting.
- How to make his paint thinner or "flowier".
- How to erase when he messes up.
- How to make fine strokes and thick strokes.
- How to clean brushes.
- How not to wear new clothes, because you will get paint on your shirt.
- How to end up with a house that might look different from what he had in mind and be happy with it.
His encouragement to you:
- With relatively little effort, you can make a big impact on somebody else. Luisa came by and said: "Oh my gosh, that's really good." Max said: "I like the ferns...oh those are trees."
- Try something new. It's hard to really mess up and you might actually like it.
- Never forget...go big or go home!
- Start with one color. It's easier.
It's really easy to create something nice in a few steps. Don't take yourself so seriously or your joy will leave you!
Pick up a paintbrush and experiment this week. You will create something unique!