|'Summer Wanderings' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
purchase in my Etsy shop $125
If you want to learn how to paint do you need to be good at drawing first?
I had a discussion with a student yesterday that has me pondering this question. I am so glad she decided to come try pastels with me. Her story concerns me. Here is a creative person who has always wanted to paint. She has dabbled in different media with a variety of instructors and has had success but recently she wanted to learn how to paint with oils. In her first oil class the instructor asked her to draw her hand and she struggled a bit. So the instructor then informed her she would need to spent the remaining six classes working on drawing. She wasn't ready to paint.
How discouraging and sad! She is 78 years old and isn't interested in painting a masterpiece...she just wants to have the fun. To experience the joy of expression, moving paint around and playing with color. She wants to enjoy the journey of creating art not be a perfect draftsman. I needed to show her that it is OK to learn how to paint and draw at the same time! In my demo I showed her how I simplified my landscape into a few lines. Not every subject needs a precise and detailed drawing.
|An old box of pastels just waiting for the right time!|
Don't misunderstand ....drawing skills are important and I work on mine and encourage my students to keep a sketchbook and practice their drawing. It is a work in progress! Don't let this work in progress prevent you from expressing yourself with paint!