The last time I blogged about painting, I wrote: “You don’t have to be an ‘artist’ to make art. Just go find a cheap canvas and get to work on it. Creativity in all its forms is expression regardless of content.”
The majority of paintings I’ve done, fully inspired by Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky, and Mark Rothko, have not taken on any visible figures. I traded people and animals for splatters and dots, even substituting landscapes and skylines for lines and squares. Every time I tried to paint a person or a place, I would get so frustrated, call myself talentless, and scrap the work. I loved painting too much to give it up, so I decided that just because I can’t paint actual objects, doesn’t mean I can’t paint anything at all.
Though I have come to learn that anything and everything takes practice, and with both practice and patience, improvement is sure to follow. I’ve never taken drawing or painting lessons before, so it makes sense as to why I can’t paint objects and people, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn. 🙂
I spent a little time searching YouTube for painting tutorials and came upon this awesome artist by the name of Ben Saber who posts step-by-step acrylic painting tutorials for FREE! I knew I had to give at least one of his paintings a shot. Did I mention they are free?!
At first glance, I didn’t think I could pull it off. Now that I have finished, I am very happy with my result. I never would have been able to do this myself. As a beginner, this detailed video was exactly what I needed! He doesn’t only explain what he’s doing, but why he’s doing it too.
Here is my final piece:
I know my painting isn’t as awesome as his, but I worked hard on my hands and knees (I really need to buy an easel…) for six hours and created something I am quite proud of. He’s a professional; I’m only an amateur doing this for fun. 🙂 I will definitely be trying out another one of his paintings soon! I can’t wait to see my improvement and one day, create a painting of my own without any help. 🙂
If you recreate any of his paintings, I’d love to see it!