This is about easy painting and the creation of this amazing website.
It's always interesting to hear a fellow artist's journey. So here's my journey into the realm of art and about this painting website.
At 6 years old, my friend (Daniel D.) had extraordinary art skills. I remember the beautiful beach scene he made with crayons. Blue skies, crashing waves, sea gulls in the air...
I remember Daniel, tongue extended to the corner of his mouth, crayon pushed to the limit, extracting every ounce of color onto the paper as he mashed the wax down with each scrumble.
He had a vision and needed no preliminary outlines. Sometimes crayons broke, but at the end of the day he was a 6 year old wonder.
He was my inspiration...
Every time I pick up and smell a box of crayons, I'm rushed back to that day! I wanted to learn how to do that!
After High School, I dreamed of being an illustrator in the Air Force but the AF had me fixing radios for my 6 years. But I never gave up my dream. I actually painted the castles I visited on the Rhein River, in a large walk in closet. (I was stationed in Germany my entire service career)
I fell for the recruiters lines...
Needless to say, they were all lies, and, I was shaved bald, I missed Christmas with family, and I was never allowed to get out of the career they had chosen for me!
But, I never forgot my dream, and I kept painting...
After the Air Force I took a job in industry, but I continued to follow my passion:art. I worked in the factory and painted at night.
Like most artists, I am better communicating visually (through my paintings) than words...
And, like most artists today, I knew I needed a web presence for advertising.
I attempted working that website on my own. Putting in tons of money, countless hours, and having to promote it too through the search engines.
Having neither the skills nor the time to put into that website, (remember, my passion is painting) it sold less than 6 prints!
Then I discovered SBI. (Solo Build It)
With SBI came a free tool called "Make Your Words Sell". Click here to get to their website.
The booklet introduced me to a much simpler and successful way of building a website. I wish I had that book 5 years ago when I built my first website. I would have saved so much money and time...
I also discovered (through the SiteSell process) that I could teach about my passion too! I didn't even know I could teach, but the process just opened up doors that, well, as you can see about easy painting techniques, it's brought the monster teacher out in me. And this website, which I call my teaching site, is chock full of information about most styles and genres of oil painting. A huge section of demonstrations, and pictures of those that follow our newsletter of their own fantastic paintings
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Most artists want to improve their art working skills. This site helps in that respect by providing some of the best art instruction found on the web. It's about easy painting techniques that improve your art.
At this point I need to acknowledge some very special people in my life. Without my wonderful wife, and support from family and friends, I don't believe I'd have been able to chase my dreams. I also would like to thank my daughter. As without her courage as an example, I probably would have never learned some very hard lessons.
Click here to see her whole story: Marlena's website The link will open in a new window.
It is a wonderful website setup for the support of families in crisis and you will have to sign up.
One of the things I personally have learned through the experience is one must live in the today. It's ok to remember yesterday, as some of life's hardest lessons must be remembered, but never dwell to long there as life will slip past you. It's ok to dream about the future, because without goals, you will not know where to take the next step. But stay too long there, and you become just a day dreamer, as life again will slip past you. Concentrate on living for just today. Because today, right now, is where your happiness can be found.
We love and miss you baby!
I hope you've enjoyed learning about easy painting, and my artistic journey. I would love to hear from you and your experiences with art. You can reach me on the contact page.