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The Unlikely Artist

Updated on September 19, 2014

My short Biography on how i started painting

Hi everyone I' am masaad, I am a realist painter and this is a brief story of how i got started in painting

There is a very common misconception among people that artistic talent, in this case painting is a gift from god which cannot be attained by anyone who do not posses it, well i believe this is utter nonsense.

Before you can run you have walk first so we begin by walking that is in this case drawing.

Drawing or painting is seeing, you draw what you see the way you see it, not what you know it to be.

This is basically it, some people discover this at an early age either by accident or what have you, yet it can be learned by anyone.

I never had any talent for drawing, painting as such I did doodle when bored but they sucked big time, even my handwriting was and is at times barely readable :D. So about last year i saw some sketches of my distant friend they were really good and i was so inspired by them and i went about doing my own :D.

I did so many then i started to see a pattern i was getting better with each sketch and i developed this great enthusiasm, i started reading a lot, everything i can find related to drawing.

Then the first time i got my hands on charcoal pencil i carefully did a sketch of my best friend and even i was surprised, then i went about showing everyone even they were to, that's when it hit me i could do this.

Little Bird Pastel Painting
Little Bird Pastel Painting


After doing many sketches it happened, I started getting criticized by people that drawing or painting is a gods gift one which you do not posses. It did hurt but I am used to it, no one really ever encouraged me to do what I wanted to do, then I did my first painting, I thought it sucked that I could never learn to paint, an encouragement came from the unlikeliest place I could have ever imagined, when I had finally given up hope about painting, I had an acquaintance she also paints, she was very rude manner and cared very little about other peoples feeling, I still don't quite know why I showed her the painting, but I am glad that I did. After showing her I said i know it sucks, she looked at it and said oh my god you are an artist.

That was probably the only thing I needed it completely changed my perception "I would have said life but I don't want to be overly dramatic :D". Then after 2 months of procrastination and laziness "Yup i am very very lazy :D". finally I did what i have been putting off for a while a pastel painting of a bird, that was the first time everyone started considering me and took me as an artist though the unlikeliest of unlikely artist.

Foray into Oil Paints

Then I abandoned my pencils and pastels and forayed into oil painting full time.

After doing a couple of oil painting I decided it was time to do something more difficult, so I went about to paint my favorite actor Leonardo DiCaprio in Oil, by then I had read so much and learned everything I needed to know

It was very difficult and I abandoned the painting for 2 months, but finally after painting over and over so many times I finally sat down and said to myself this has gone for far too long, now it’s now or never. I finally finished it my first portrait in oil. I was so amazed and happy that a few months ago I couldn't even draw.


Usually I finish a painting or a sketch in under 3 hours max, but the painting of Leonardo DiCaprio has taught me that it doesn't matter if you finish a painting in 3 hours, you can also finish it in 2 months :D.

Afterwards it became a lot easier mentally, because I did it once and I can do it again.

But its not always easy it never really is, soon as I began a painting and it doesn't look the way I want I can’t sleep at night, thoughts begin to emerge maybe I can’t do this, but I know I can and I do :).

The Future

With each painting I improve and learn a lot of things from my mistakes.

"The only mistakes are those from which we learn nothing."

I read somewhere that "if you want to make really good paintings, start now making bad paintings, before you can make any good ones".

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -Thomas A. Edison

And for me this is just the beginning, I am not even that good yet I have much to learn, to make a lot more bad paintings :D, before I can achieve what I desire but I look forward to it :).

And lastly my favorite Quote "Greatness comes to those who take it" - Genghis Khan

Thanks for reading if you want to look at my online gallery please visit


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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I think your drawings and paintings are fantastic. With art it is all about your tastes and perceptions. If you enjoy what you paint and draw that is all that matters. I've seen works of art by people who are world renowned artists but I didn't really think it was that great because it didn't really appeal to my tastes. So if some people don't like your work, it doesn't mean a thing.

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      Nicole Pellegrini 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Your artwork is great! And thanks for sharing the story of how you got started painting, it's very inspirational.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You never listen to negativity, people can't help that, its almost a form of depression that they can't shake, always believe in yourself and good things will always happen, I dabble in everything that is my escape. It was nice of you to share about yourself

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      antoniow 6 years ago

      Great work! thumbs up!

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      viscri8 6 years ago

      an artist is an artist is an artist -- if you have the calling you will follow it!Keep well! Blessed!

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      scrapperkare 6 years ago

      I so enjoyed reading your story, masaad! This should inspire many to venture on and follow their heart, regardless of what others say. Lovely artwork . . .

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      seosmm 6 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Lovely artwork. Glad you stuck with it.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed your journey in painting.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Loved reading your personal story.

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      masaad 6 years ago

      @anonymous: :)

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      masaad 6 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thank You :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Never listen to the nay sayers, inspirational!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great work and keep it going - no matter what people say! Your work and words are sure to inspire many!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just astounded with these paintings. woww. I am sorry, I will not be able to express myself as these paintings. Dont disturb yourself with what other people telling you. They are just saying what they believe. There are two kind of people in this world. You and the others, 50/50. So, you have 50 points and the 6 billion people have 50 points. The point is if you didnt hear what other 6 billion people think about your work, you have a pretty good chance to achieve what you want , and look at these paintings you did a wonderful job.

      By the way I shocked when I saw âlittle birdâ, I just stopped and staring it. You did a great job. It is amazingly wonderful.

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      Sfthomas 6 years ago

      Reading your story reminds me of my own work that I'm preparing for, keep up your paintings, they're quite beautiful.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Looking at your artwork presented here, you DO have a talent as an artist -- just keep doing it. I have a daughter who is an artist and she's married to an artist. They will probably never be famous or anything, but their work is wonderful and it's their own style. So just keep going, doing what you enjoy.

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      flycatcherrr 6 years ago

      I love your determination to learn to do what you love to do - it's very inspiring. Keep up the good work!

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      JackieSonia 6 years ago

      Your sketches and paintings are amazing. Love the kitten. Don't give up when people criticize you. They probably can't do what you've learned to do so well and they're envious. Cool lens.

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      great works, keep up the awesome work!!!Blessed

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      ColMitchellArt 6 years ago

      Love your portrait work!

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      Bookmama2 6 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo. Your story of "becoming" an artist is wonderful. I must confess, that I did believe that artistic talent is something you either have or don't, I'm glad you proved that idea wrong.

      Keep creating! -- both lenses and paintings!

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      oxfordian 6 years ago

      Your paintings are stunning. They are so moving; upir friend was right: you are an artist.

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      sherioz 6 years ago

      You are an artist! Your rude friend was right. You have something special.

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      davenjilli lm 6 years ago

      your work is very good

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      masaad 6 years ago

      @SteveKaye: thanks.

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      Your work is very lovely. I hope they sell for you.

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      masaad 6 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Thanks, i still have a long way to go and a lot to learn *_*

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      SteveKaye 6 years ago

      Your paintings are outstanding. Keep going.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      How delightful to see your progress ... I so wished to have the talent that I could foray into oil paintings ... Luckily, I do have a sister who is the artist in our family.

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      masaad 6 years ago

      @anonymous: thanks *_*

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      masaad 6 years ago

      @zirtoc: thanks :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really amazing work!

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      zirtoc 6 years ago

      Great story, and great pictures! Keep up the good work.

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      masaad 6 years ago

      @anonymous: thanks :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wonderful artwork, keep up the good work on your lens too.