Originally Posted by sproatd
Thanks for the post.
At almost 60 years old I'm a brand new beginner. I spent most of my life wishing I could draw or paint. Every time I tried I just ended up frustrated because I didn't know how to achieve what I wanted on the paper. I did take a drawing class at my local college. Other than a few art terms I didn't learn anything. The teacher would basically lecture, then set something if front of us to draw. I could almost cry now thinking about it. Later I bought good pencils and oil paints and again just ended up frustrated with my efforts. I was not able to learn that way! What I needed was someone to tell me what to do for the result I wanted".
I know drawing is the foundation for good art but I probably don't have the time left to become really good at it and I definitely don't have the patience for it.
When I found painting instructions on YouTube I finally felt that I could do something. I know Bob Ross isn't popular with many but he and others show me how to achieve what I'm trying to do. I make sure to do some painting everyday and I now have confidence that I'll be able to do more of me in the future.
Recently I have really been enjoyed watching "Your Brush with Nature, by Heiner Hertling on Amazon Prime Video. I found it by typing in "oil painting". Stefen Bauman has a lot of good information and I enjoy listening to him instructing his students. Dianne Mize has some nice short informative videos. And I'm very intrigued by her palette set-up.
You sound a lot like me if maybe just a decade older lol!
I had zero art experience outside of industrial arts like woodworking etc, but never drew or painted anything because it would frustrate me to no end as a kid when all I thought I could manage was stick figures etc so I never bothered trying. Now I seem to have the patience and will to learn that was missing for so long.
I too wanted to paint without learning to draw but I am finding now I need some skills if I have any hope of learning to paint well, so starting next Tuesday I am taking my first drawing classes! Before I was loathe to attempt it but now I am excited to gain some skills I didnt have before! I have no pipe dreams of being someone who draws ridiculously well but I hope some skills will improve my painting.