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Hope Art Can Help Me

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I'm glad to be here.

First let me start off by saying that I am not an artist, nor have I really ever been drawn to it; until recently. I'm creative, but I've never felt I had the motor skills to do anything artistic. As a lefty, even my writing is horrible.

With that said, I'm in a bad spot. I have a mental disorder called Paranoid Schizophrenia. Obviously I am paranoid, but I also at times see and hear things that aren't there. If only one of those voices was an art teacher! A bit of schizophrenic humor there. I feel like I need something to focus my concentration and calm the storm in my mind. My psychiatrist thought an art related endeavor would be great.

I have always been fascinated with watercolors, as sometimes I see objects that look like they are painted in watercolors. I know that sounds bizarre, but I would actually like to try and paint those visions. It would allow me to create a physical image of some of the things that I see that aren't really there. I think it could be a wonderful outlet for me.

I don't like to go out in public, so classes are out for me. I'm going to try and watch some YouTube videos and learn. Any other help from the forum would be helpful. I don't expect my "artwork" to be great, just allow me to express myself.

Anyways, I'm rambling. I hope my mental issues won't be a problem for anyone, I'm a very nice and gentle man who is just trying to find his way.

I hope to hear from you.
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Hi prefer, welcome and glad to see you here.

Youtube is a wonderful resource but it can be overwhelming and the quality of the instruction varies. Personally, if you have the means, I'd suggest getting a beginners watercolor DVD and learning from that. It gives you the advantage that you'll have one instructional style which will cut down on a lot of conflicting information. The wonderful thing about watercolor is that there are a hundred ways to do it, but the bad thing about watercolor is that there are a hundred ways to do it. :) It gets very confusing on youtube when one instructor says here is how to do this and another says don't do this do this and another says no do it this way :)

For a first time beginner I recommend this DVD

A Solid Start in Watercolor

Lynn Powers does not overwhelm you with theory or try to get you to do things that are too difficult so it is a good starting place. She has a pleasant delivery. I didn't start with this DVD but I wish I had.

Watercolor is a challenge but it is really fun. The biggest challenge is learning to control the water on your paper, on your brush and on your palette. The painting part is easy once you have the amounts of water under control.

Here is my picture of one of the exercises I did from this DVD. If I remember correctly it was an exercise in controlling the graded wash. I usually did each exercise about 5 times before moving on to the next section. Good luck and have fun!


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