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So you don't have a creative bone in your body?

Updated on May 6, 2011

Teddy's Lolly Train

Anyone can learn to paint in the right conditions just as anyone can learn to read.
Anyone can learn to paint in the right conditions just as anyone can learn to read. | Source
Hand painted cotton Panel - available for sale via MYO Quiters Keepsake
Hand painted cotton Panel - available for sale via MYO Quiters Keepsake | Source
Hand painted cotton panel - available for sale via MYO Quilters Keepsake
Hand painted cotton panel - available for sale via MYO Quilters Keepsake | Source
Proudly Annoying Pedestrains Since 1972 This one entertains my sons during class - it was painted on paper and stuck to his school book!!
Proudly Annoying Pedestrains Since 1972 This one entertains my sons during class - it was painted on paper and stuck to his school book!! | Source

You say you couldn't draw a stick figure...I say rubbish!

Many people approach me with flattering comments about my artwork and they often begin with comments like "I don't have a creative bone in my body" or "I couldn't draw a stick figure if my life depended on it."

My answer is always the same. RUBBISH!

Art, in all it's many forms, is a skill like any other...a learned one. Nobody is born with the ability to walk or talk or drive a car, why would painting be different? I believe that there are three fundamental keys to learning to paint. Not just painting but any skill.

Let's look at my favourite example, reading. At some stage in our lives, we were unable to read but look at us now. What changed?

Instruction - We learned to read from the instruction given by somebody older and wiser than ourselves. They gave us a cornerstone of knowledge, our alphabet of letters and then they guided us on our way. Sometimes commending us for overcoming an obstacle, sometimes pointing out our errors and helping us to correct ourselves.

Patience - Patience affords us the ability to continue. We cannot learn any skill without practice and we cannot practise without patience. But there's more to it than just that. Patience also allows us to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes - without patience we would surely be discouraged to the point of giving up.

Passion - Passion gives us endurance to continue practising when it all seems to hard and without practise our skills can't grow and develop. It also contributes to the ability to forgive ourselves for we know that something bigger than us is at stake.

(Have you noticed that these are the qualities we learn from our mothers?)

Three keys ingredients of successfully learning to read. Not all of us will become world renowned authors. Some of us read faster, learn quicker or retain the written information more readily than others but at the end of the day anyone can learn to read.

And so it is with learning to paint. With some direction from somebody more experienced, with patience and passion anyone can learn to paint.

Admittedly, these skills seem to come more naturally to some. Some people are more adept at capturing an accurate likeness, other can manipulate colours in a spectacular and sometimes mind boggling way but there is no reason that you can't learn to paint given a little time, practice and instruction.

In fact, I pose to you a question...

How many times did you burn the dinner before mastering your signature dish? How many lessons did you have before you were confident enough to take your driving test? Did you start swimming the moment you were thrown in the deep end of the pool?

Like I say, painting is a skill like any other...and skills must be learned.

This is one of my favourite paintings and also one of the first portraits that I ever painted. Everyone is capable of learning to paint.
This is one of my favourite paintings and also one of the first portraits that I ever painted. Everyone is capable of learning to paint. | Source

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      Artist-For-Hire 

      7 years ago from Western Australia

      Aaah...Reason #2 To Quit:

      Aiming for Da Vinci and producing a Picasso!! As long as you have found something creative that you enjoy, you will benefit greatly from the the experience - not the result.

      It's like eating a cake - it's great at the time...might not be so thrilled with yourself afterwards though ;-)

      Thanks your your comments guys (means a lot to a noob)

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      Dennis Thorgesen 

      7 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      All my early attempts at painting never got close to my expectations so I stopped. When I spent time with an uncle he took the time to teach me to paint lettered signs. That I could and did get into. I had a good grasp of writing and drawing out letters so getting paid for those efforts within a few days really had me going. I still felt something was lacking so started taking pictures. By no means professional, I still manage to capture what to me, is art. This is if I take enough time to set things up, or set my mind to capturing the human condition. At the moment, and as it has been for a while, I just can't find the time.

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      White Sapphire 

      7 years ago from New England, USA

      I love the learning to read analogy.

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      North Wind 

      7 years ago from The World (for now)

      I agree with you. I think that creativity does reside within each of us. Those two points patience and passion are a lethal combination when it comes to painting. I think you can have success, you can achieve something you will be pleased with when you have these two and a paint brush in your hand. I hope people come along and read this, get inspired enough to be bold, pick up that brush and see just what they can do!

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      Brinafr3sh 

      7 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Nice hub. Everyone has creativity, we just have to tap into it. We're made in the image of God the creator of all creation. Thanks

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