I have been an artist, for nearly 20 years now…..I’m 62 so started late. I am a painter, oil being my medium of choice. For the most part I am self-taught and was satisfied as long as I was improving. Got to a point where I was stuck in neutral, I was no longer picking up on tips or tricks of the trade. I met a lady who taught and charged a ridiculous $3.00 per 2 hour lesson; obviously not doing it for money. I learned a lot from this wonderful artist.
I paint mostly landscapes; many with golf scenes. My problem is if I can’t visually picture what I want to paint, I don’t put anything on the canvas. I’ve tried just winging it, throw paint down and see what comes out, usually something ugly. I normally have it in the trash shortly after I begin. I can go days sometimes months and do not paint…….maybe a lack of creativity, or just painter’s block. When I have an inspiration, an idea, I can put out some good stuff. When I don’t, it looks like grade school work.
Suddenly it hits me, today after years working like this, when stuck in one place, take what you’ve done, give it a different perspective, new tone. Take that painting of the moonlight shining on the green, with the shadow of the stick and flag from the Summer, redo into a late Winter with melting snow……birds preying for worms around the green. We are always learning.
I also learned watching the late Bog Ross.