We all know it is very difficult to have a subject to sketch, to paint. It will even take some time for someone to decide which one to go for. This is something I want to share with you. It is a technique that my dad had taught me when I was a little kid. Start off with nature. This does not mean you are going to paint an entire forest, or much so with a tree.
You need to focus more on easy to follow shapes, and structures. This will give you a much needed confidence to start off with painting. A good example would paint a leaf. Yes, just one leaf. You will be amazed as to what would be the end result by using a leaf as your subject.
What you should do when painting a leaf?
First, start by looking at it in full view, go from the front, then back, the edges, etc.
Second, move on with touching the surface of the leaf. Feel its texture. Be aware of how rough or smooth it is.
Third, go with the shape. Be sure you have a clear look as to what the shape of the leaf is. Whether it elongated, oblong like, round, or what. You need to be familiarized with it.
Fourth, picture out everything. Close your eyes and have a vision as to what the leaf looks like based on what you have seen and touched.
Fifth, start painting. Let your heart dictates your hand on how to start with the sketch and coloring the leaf.
This is the entire process. As you can see, it is quite simple. It does not even need to be complicated for you to start with painting. All you have to do is to start with a piece of nature. You can go with a twig or a rock.
When you start drawing, be precise as you can be. Follow the vision you have in your mind and let your heart help you with the process. Be more creative when combining colors. Bring life to your drawing through shading, proper mixing of colors, among others.
Doing this for the first time can be tough. However, it is all worth it the moment you have seen how your painting looks like. It would be best to take note of the entire process. This will serve as your guide the next time you want to try it again.