This is my spring class at Anne Arundel Community College. This has been a wonderful class. We only have two more left! Everyone in this group may think they are a beginer but that is not the case any more. They have graduated and now have some of the basic tools to express themselves visually. Last night everyone did an individual project and we painted turtles, sunsets, old churches, gardens, and butterfllies. I saw incredible progress as ech student made personal decisions about the best way to approach elements of the design.
We reviewed the color clock last evening which is a simple tool to keep the colors fresh and clear--avoiding grayed down color, or sometimes what we refer to as mud. Now mud can be good--especially for weathered wood and dirt but sometimes we need true clear color. For more information on the color clock visit http://www.paintpencil.com
Now-- if you are asking-- what does this have to do with art speaks? Well- don't hesitate to take a painting class if art is speaking to you. Don't wait because you think only special people can do this. With a little assistance you CAN do it. Like anything else it is the desire, not talent that needs to be in your heart. The best teacher I ever had said " making art is 95% desire and 5% talent." That statement was empowering to me as a new painter and I hope it will encourage you also.