Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color to a surface such as walls, paper, canvas, wood or glass. Painting is a mode of expression and the forms are numerous. Drawing, composition or abstraction and other aesthetics may serve to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the practitioner. Paintings can be naturalistic and representational, photographic, abstract, be loaded with narrative content, symbolism, emotion or be political in nature.

So do you have an artist inside you? Can you just imagine or see something and draw it on a piece of paper or whilst being in a meeting or a class do you start drawing random things? Well, it may be that you are gifted with the talent of art but you have been suppressing it as it seems useless to you. After drawing something do you actually throw the paper away? Have you ever thought of collecting these pieces of art, maybe not for you but to show your family or children? Maybe its a master piece but you think its a useless piece of paper.

It’s never to late to realise that you have an artistic talent that people around you don’t. But once you do realise it please don’t suppress it, instead try to enhance your skill. Give some time to it and you will see the effect of it on your daily life, you’ll feel more satisfied and happy. If possible, try to attend a short course, explore art galleries and other painters work, express yourself with your paintings. In order to improve your work, you do need some critics too. You can join the painting group and showcase your work to other painters and get some appreciation.

Having decided you’d like to learn to paint, you need to decide what paint you’re going to use. The four main choices are: oil paints (traditional or water soluble), acrylic paints, watercolor paints, and pastel. It’s a very personal choice, and if you don’t get on with one type of paint, be sure to try another. Color is one of the fundamentals of painting and the more you know about the colors you’re using, the more you can get from it.

You can paint on practically anything provided the paint will stick and provided the paint won’t rot the surface. Acrylic paint can be painted on paper, card, wood, or canvas, with or without a primer being used first. Watercolor can be painted on paper, card, or special watercolor canvas.
You can use as few or as many paint brushes as you like.

Finally, the only thing you need now is your imagination and creativity to express your thoughts with colour. So, dont waste any more time and colour up your life!