Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Why did I start this Blog?

I'm sitting here asking myself why I started this Blog to begin with. In all honesty, I am really not sure.

I guess it's because with people I share my work with, the forums I participate and/or run, and hearing people marvel over my work and wish they could do something like this..........I thought I'd share the more personal side as a means of intrigue and encouragement.

It's with the hopes that anyone who should come across this Blog and read or follow along with what I might post, they might realize that anyone can do this. It just takes the willingness to learn and the perseverance through practice. And I don't proclaim to know all there is to know. I'm still learning. I still have trouble areas that my goal is to one day over come.

I love sharing with people and I love helping others via means of help and encouragement. It's amazing to watch someone who could never draw a stick figure produce beautiful paintings. The growing and learning process is amazing.

It is also my hopes that those reading realize that one doesn't have to have formal education in the Arts to be able to produce Art in some fashion. Nor do they have to attend classes or workshops if they can't afford or don't have the means to attend. I am self-taught by means of all the wonderful how-to books we have on the market. With today's technology, we now have videos and DVDs we can learn from as well. All one has to do is search online for the many tutorials both free and at a fair price. Amazon is great for books and if you don't mind purchasing a used book, one can build a library at a very lost cost.

YouTube and SAA in the UK have several good free videos one can sit and view and paint along if they wish to. Cheap Joes and Jerry's Artarama is also sharing free videos. Our resources are never ending.

To add to the list of where to obtain help, guidance, and encouragement, there are several wonderful art forums that are free to join. Talk about a wealth of information! To name just a few, there is Wetcanvas.com that covers all mediums. Paintdoodles.com for watercolour.....not to forget the unique Interactive Watercolour CD that Mr. Saw created and sells if one wishes to purchase learning by means of painting doodles and building up into full compositions. It's one full-packed CD of information too. Another great forum is Idrawandpaint.com. I could write a book on resources one easily has at the tip of their fingers and monitor.

So I guess this is why I started this Blog. To share and get word out to as many people as I can letting them know if they wish to learn.............they can.

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