My Passion for Painting

by Lynda
(Idaho)

It does takes a love of learning, a childlike wonderment, persistence, good work habits, and passion to be an artist.


I am reading this information while on a break at my "day job" at an engineering firm. When I read these comments about what it takes to be an artist, I felt so much excitement well up in me about my passion for painting, that I couldn't just sit. I had to do something! So I decided to post a comment!

In my younger years I painted a little. Just dabbled in it, trying different mediums: water, acrylic, oil, pencil, pastel, etc. I enjoyed doing that. But, I didn't see the possibility of earning my keep doing paintings. So I set it aside for a time. I and my husband raised 6 children, and then when my husband retired, I went to work as an office manager to bring in some $$$.

A few weeks ago, I realized that I wanted to start up painting, again. I had some supplies and did an iris in acrylics. It didn't turn out the way I had thought it would. My husband said, it needed a little help. I agreed.

I set out to learn all I could about the art and skill of putting my vision down on canvas. I searched books, stores, art exhibits, the internet, and I came upon this website and was thrilled with the detail information, experience and work you have put into it!

I tried a painting with the method you have so aptly described and was pleased with the outcome - I was so excited that it turned out just as I had envisioned it!! (would submit it for your review, but I cannot figure out how to get a good photo of it.)

Yes, it takes love of learning, a childlike wonderment, persistence, good work habits, and passion to be a Real Artist.

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Mar 30, 2011
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STILL BUSY
by: Anonymous

I CAN UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO DO SOMETHING OF YOURSELF WITH YOUR LIFE. WE SPEND OUR LIFE DOING FOR FAMILY, JOB, AND OTHERS, AND ENJOY DOING IT. WE DON'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE A DEEP NEED WITHIN OURSELVES TO BE OURSELVES AT THE SAME TIME, BUT KEEP PUSHING THAT BACK IN OUR LIVES AND AND JUST WAITING. THIS WAIT ENDED FOR ME A FEW YEARS AGO. I HAD A SERIOUS WRECK AND WAS UNABLE TO KEEP WORKING IN MY CAREER. I WAS LOST. ALL THE REASONS I HAD FOR MY DAILY LIFE WERE DIFFERENT. I WAS UNABLE TO LIVE AS I HAD BEEN LIVING. I HAD TO BRING ABOUT A SERIOUS CHANGE IN MY LIFE IF I WAS GOING TO KEEP FROM GOING BONKERS. I FOUND A LOVE THAT WAS THERE IN MY LIFE ALL ALONG, PAINTING. I AM NOT AS GOOD AS SO MANY OF YOU OUT THERE, BUT I AM LEARNING. MY OIL PAINING HAS PUT PURPOSE IN MY LIFE I HAD THOUGHT I HAD LOST. I AM NOT A PERSON TO BE DOWN IN SPIRIT, I AM USUALLY A HAPPY PERSON, BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING PULLING ON ME AND IT TOOK A WHILE AND A WRECK TO HELP ME FIND IT. I HOPE THIS ENCOURAGES YOU AND OTHERS TO KEEP TRYING AND NOT GIVE UP ON SOMETHING SO SPECIAL.

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Passion for painting
by: Delmus

Thank you so much Lynda for posting! It really does a heart good to hear that I'm reaching folks. I guess you can say it puts "gas in my tank" to keep up with this labor of love. I am like you in that while working for a living, I would day dream about what I would paint on my lunch breaks. Then at night, after homework help with the kids, and bed time stories, instead of watching "the bachelor" or "american idol" I would hit the make shift studio in my basement and knock out 12 to 15 paintings per year. I was lucky. A local gallery typically sold them all, so it definitely kept me in paint, canvas and fresh brushes as the years went by. Now, after homework help with the kids, they are too old for bedtime stories (teens), I hit the computer and write a bit about my painting experiences.
Keep on keeping on with the painting. It never gets old!

Delmus

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Art is a Task

To be an ARTIST, it's takes the vision of the world and the universe around us(real & imagined), the good and the bad. Then the commitment to expressing it the way you want someone to see it.

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What a View

by Lil
(New York)

To me it is "seeing" what others miss. I'm forever looking around me wherever I happen to be. If I'm on a car trip, I love to look out and admire the scenery, the way the trees grow, the lay of the land, the way a house looks with flowers growing nearby. I like to observe every place I visit and take photos for references for a possible painting. There is beauty everywhere in this world and as an artist you learn to "see" these things.

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The Knack

This is what I notice of artist, when a person looks in the sky at the clouds at a painting, on a room and see shapes, meanings other than the literal, or patterns (literal and nonliteral) they have that knack for artistic expression.

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Mar 06, 2012
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Enas
by: Anonymous

Nature is just a contradiction in term to pop my art up

Jun 12, 2011
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the knack
by: Paul Baswell

when i was 5 i would color in my books never out side of the lines. even then i would be ceased by the idea that some how it was greater and more important to do it that way. i attached more significants to the perfectness of this application and later thees concepts took on great importance where by i began to feel that the marks on the pages had secondary meanings for me. i often look at the world around me as having hidden elements that i as an artist can see and interpret as important. i often point thees things out to my friends and family they really don't see the implication of my observations. i know in my hart that art is looking deeper and further in ways that are unique or novel. that by engaging in the act of creation i am bring to other a sens of creativity that they them selves my not be able to conduct in there own lives. hopefully endowing in them a great sens of the hidden beauty and interconnectedness of the world around them.
Paul Baswell

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Color Comparisons
by: CMHdesign

When I'm out and about, I look not only at the shapes of things, but I find myself comparing colors in respect to their values, tones, etc. and accessing whether a particular scene or object would make a great painting. I catch myself doing this on a regular basis and it makes me realize just how much I enjoy my artistic knack.

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the Knack
by: Paul Baswell

my Mother just calls that Special

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We are all artists

by TaniaO
(Brisbane, Australia)

I believe you need to make up your mind that you are an artist. As human beings we are creative and I do not believe there is good or bad art, there is just art and we are all entitled to express our creativity.
So many people think that they have no talent for art because somehow they got the idea that it is a natural ability that only a few have, but in essence we are all creative and all it takes a little work, dedication and familiarity to become skilled at anything you wish to achieve.

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I agree!
by: Penny

We all have our own talents and it's great to be able to share them on this site with one another - no matter what your interest or ability level is - I appreciate this site

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"Art" the gift of god

by shaji
(kuwait)

"Ready to attack", oil painting of a Falcon







An artist should have limitless imaginations,
believe in realism, and fearless applications.


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Editors Note:

Thanks Shaji!

These are wonderful works, but I've decided to leave them here as your definition of an artist is a good start to the subject.

There isn't any one single definition that will truly fit us all.

It has been said that the definition of "art" can no longer be defined. With the trends in modern/abstract/contemporary art, it is difficult to put a cage around it. Just about anything can be considered "Art". So then, how do we define the artist?

One simple definition could be, an artist is one that produces art.

Most artist's do however, derive great pleasure in the production of art.

Even Einstein said, "creativity breeds greater happiness. The creative process is itself a source of joy for most people."

Research has proven that in the creation of art, an increase in dopamine (a brain chemical) and activity in the brain's frontal cortex takes place, resulting in feelings of pleasure that are similar to being the throws of romantic love.

This is why once bitten by the art bug, you're hooked!

It like a natural drug that simply makes you happy, like when you got that first kiss. The first time you held your love's hand, etc, etc.

So, has the bug bitten you?



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