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The Artist Painting

Updated on October 18, 2016
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Starting with Painting

Having done some Pottery and Drawing in the past I had the urge to start painting and so I started in my late 30's. I have been painting with oils for the past 17 years and have enjoyed the journey thus far.

Painting has become a passion for me although I'm not one of those artists who paint all day every day.

Painting is therapeutic and helps me to forget about the cares of the world; I get absorbed in the process of painting and sometimes have difficulty stopping.

There are a few tips in this writing for would-be oil painters, please take a look.


Farmhouse with Windmill
Farmhouse with Windmill

Painting with Oils

Being blessed with a bit of a creative nature, I decided to take some painting lessons way back in 1996; my first few lessons consisted of doing some pencil drawings. I'd taken a few drawing lessons years before but had not continued them. Now I was back at the drawing board - I didn't have any paints at the time but soon purchased some so that I could get stuck into painting.

I soon started with oil painting; I purchased some paints, brushes, turpentine, linseed oil, canvasses and started my journey with painting.

One of my first paintings that I did was of an old farmhouse with a windmill, these type of pictures appeal to me. Well, to be honest, with my teachers help I used a tracing method to do this painting to make it easier to apply the different colours in the painting.

I've done only one other painting using this tracing method; I decided that for my painting to be authentic I should rather work freehand from a reference; no more tracing for me!

For those who are thinking of becoming artists the materials needed are: an easel, either a sitting or standing one, some good quality paints (oils, water colours or acrylics), a few different sized paint brushes, some turpentine for oil painting (preferably genuine turpentine), a few canvasses, some lint-free cloths, paper towels, some linseed oil, a palette, a palette knife, a few small containers to mix your turps and linseed oil in, and a bag or basket or something to put your painting apparel in.

It's probably best not to buy too many brushes or expensive painting equipment, you'll soon find what you really need once you've started with the painting process. It's really up to you if you want to take painting lessons or rather learn from books and the internet; I took lessons so that I could learn different painting techniques and also to paint with other people.

Some of my earlier paintings were very amateurish, I could see it myself, especially when I look at some of them years after starting with art.

I think I've progressed somewhat and have attended classes with a few different teachers at various times. I can see the influence different teachers have had on my work. Last year in 2012 I was attending classes but health problems caused me to discontinue taking lessons so now I'm working on my own again.

Mosterts Mill, Cape Town
Mosterts Mill, Cape Town

The Journey Continues

I've exhibited a few paintings over the years but have never had a big exhibition. I'm not as prolific as I'd like to be, I take a month or two to finish a painting and I don't paint every day. I read of artists like Monet and others who did numerous painting in their lifetime; I realise that I can't pretend to be like them, my method of working with paints probably won't change.

When I do paint then I enjoy it and get ideas for new subject matter that I want to take on. I've given some of my paintings away as presents and even sold a few. I have some displayed in a coffee shop which are for sale.

Some years ago I took 13 painting to a craft shop to display them there for selling. Unfortunately the shop went under; I found out about this too late because when I went there to check on my paintings, the shop was closed and empty. I enquired at the local city sheriff about the shop; they told me they had removed all the shops wares and put them on the pavement but had not empounded any items.

I tried phoning the owner numerous times on her cellphone but just kept getting the message that the phone number no longer existed. I was unable to trace her in any way. This however, did not stop me from continuing to paint.

Drawing and painting are excellent ways of expressing oneself, it's very absorbing and at the end of the day you have something to share with others. If you're an established artist or thinking of taking up a brush and canvas, happy painting!

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From a photo taken by a friend in China

Chinese woman with vegetable basket
Chinese woman with vegetable basket

Cape Town Waterfront, Table Mountain

Red Apple
Red Apple
Cottage with Flowers
Cottage with Flowers
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Sunset Dhow
Sunset Dhow
Rest ye a while
Rest ye a while
Arriving at the Store
Arriving at the Store
Local Yacht Berth
Local Yacht Berth
Bright Oranges & Yellows
Bright Oranges & Yellows

Any comments are welcome - do you also enjoy painting?

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    • Dave Lynch profile imageAUTHOR

      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @artbyrodriguez: Thanks for the advice and comment, much appreciated.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      5 years ago from Albany New York

      Your paintings look very interesting. Sorry you lost some but they're probably out there on someones wall! I agree with artyfax about the intro photo. Take a photo of one you have and use it. Nice lens and nice art!

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      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @MaryMitchell: Thanks, I think attending lessons helped me to improve my art to a large extent.

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      MaryMitchell 

      5 years ago

      Great talent, and I'm afraid sadly it's one I don't possess!

    • Dave Lynch profile imageAUTHOR

      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @mikes-cool-stuff: Thanks for visiting my lens and for the comment.

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      mikes-cool-stuff 

      5 years ago

      Nice art, I also paint with oils, you can do so much with them. Also thanks for liking a couple of my lenses.

    • Dave Lynch profile imageAUTHOR

      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @John Dyhouse: Thanks for comment & always appreciate critique. The first painting unfortunately was one that went missing, and it's the only photo of it. Perhaps I can put it elsewhere using the 'Text with big picture' module

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      John Dyhouse 

      5 years ago from UK

      Nice paintings you have talent, however you have not displayed them to full advantage here. This applies especially to the intro picture, it really needs to push the painting into your readers face unless there is a good reason for including a background. otherwise a good lens, look forward to seeing more of your art.

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