Good paintings come from practice. There’s no shortcut to mastering the art, but there are some steps you can take to get better at painting. Here are five:
Choose a subject
Before you even start to paint, you need to choose a subject. This is the most important step in painting because it will determine everything else. You need a subject that excites and interests you, so if it doesn’t speak to your heart then there’s no point in continuing with this project!
It’s also important that this choice be based on experience: if someone never painted before they might not know what they’re doing or how difficult it is; but if they’ve already done some paintings or sketching (or even just played with paints), then they’ll be able to complete their painting much faster than anyone else because they understand what works best for them as an artist.
Choose something easy enough so that anyone could understand its meaning—but try not to overdo it either; otherwise, people might think of something else entirely when looking at those paintings later down the road!
Choose the right paints for you
- Choose paints that are easy to work with.
- Choose paints that you like the color of.
- Choose affordable paints, if possible.
- Choose paint brands that have good reputations for being able to clean up easily and store well (so you don’t have to worry about buying new ones every few months).
Study your subject
The first step in improving the way you paint is to study your subject from different angles, in different lights, and with different materials. You can also look at it from farther away than usual or even in a mirror—anything that will help you see what’s going on with the details of your painting and make sure they’re clear enough to see while looking at them without squinting!
Practice different techniques
The next step is to practice different techniques. Don’t be afraid to use a variety of different tools, mediums, and materials in your paintings, because this will help you expand your palette and open up new ways of seeing what can be done with paint. For example, if you’re struggling with a particular technique (like painting something wet or dry), try using that medium on an existing piece instead! You may find that something about the painting just isn’t working for you anymore once it’s been painted over—or maybe there’s something unique about how certain paints interact with each other when mixed (like oil vs watercolors).
If certain subjects appeal more than others do at first glance but don’t quite fit into any category yet (like nature scenes), try experimenting with them too! It’s important not only because painting outside our comfort zone can help us grow as artists but also because all great art has layers upon layers upon layers of complexity behind its surface appearance–and who knows what else might lurk beneath those surfaces?
Join a workshop
Joining a workshop can be a great way to learn about painting. You’ll get the opportunity to see what other people’s work looks like, and you’ll gain more insight into how they approach their subjects, techniques, and ideas. At the end of each day, there will be time for critique from other artists in attendance—both professional ones who have been working at it for years and beginners like yourself who are just starting!
It’s also important that you don’t feel intimidated by these individuals when they’re critiquing your work: everyone has their unique style and way of doing things; everyone has different ways of thinking about art; everybody works differently—just having someone else around looking at yours will help them see some things about themselves that might otherwise go unnoticed without another set of eyes looking over theirs!
Get better by practicing!
Practice is the key to improving your skills, and it’s something that you have to do every day if you want to get better.
Practicing regularly will help you become faster and more confident in your work. You will also learn how to improve your paintings by looking at other people’s artworks as well as studying the works of great artists like van Gogh or Picasso.
Now that you’re armed with the steps to better paintings, go out there and start making your art! If you need any help or inspiration, check out some of our other articles about how to paint like a pro and get started on your journey today.