This is the place or beginners to gather and ask questions, seek feedback, and share their thoughts and experiences. Experienced artists willing to provide encouragement and share what they know are also welcome here.

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Hello and Welcome to the Beginners Group!


This is the place or beginners to gather and ask questions, seek feedback, and share their thoughts and experiences. Experienced artists willing to provide encouragement and share what they know are also welcome here.

If you are a beginner and would like to share your art, you can either post in the Show & Tell thread or start your own discussion.

If you are a beginner and would like some advice on a specific work-in-progress, you can either post in the WIP thread or start your own discussion.

Experienced Artists--please don't share your artwork in this group unless you are using it to answer a beginner's question.

Click here to learn how to upload images into your forum posts (which is important so that people can see your art within the post, rather than as an attachment link beneath your post).

Just two simple rules:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to beginner topics.
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.

Thanks for joining & have fun!


Discussion Forum

Blending color pencils..

Started by Tina Rich. Last reply by Leeton reed Apr 21. 5 Replies

I am trying to learn how to blend color pencils and I am not doing a good job. Does anyone have any tips on blending?Thanks....TinaREAD MORE

Painting Skies

Started by Sarah Tansey Apr 21. 0 Replies

I have created a painting still in progress of a big sky over the sea.  I have deep violet over the sea horizen and it going to pale blues the higher it goes to top of canvas.  Do these combination of colours appear in nature.  I have looked at this…READ MORE

Acrylic on Cardboard

Started by carollee adams. Last reply by carollee adams Apr 11. 2 Replies

I have been painting on Cardboard since Jan.   My goal has been to do something with Paints 5 days a week.   Cardboard has been wonderful for me...not intimidating, easy to throw out and free...just cut boxes apart.READ MORE

This is a oil painting "lonely boats" just trying!!

Started by Margie le Roux. Last reply by Barbara Erickson Mar 31. 2 Replies


Help needed - drawing - how to finish?

Started by Carole M.. Last reply by Carole M. Mar 31. 2 Replies

...after always saying  "I wish I could draw" -  this year I've been putting pencil to paper and 'practicing'.  I know my limits - and it will have to fit into the category of whimsical, or quirky I guess!  Having gotten this far with this houses…READ MORE

My Take on Automatic Drawing

Started by C. Andrew Wolfe. Last reply by Jess Mar 21. 5 Replies

Something I did last year when I decided to get back into the swing of things.…READ MORE


Started by Becky Bailey. Last reply by Jackie Rose Jan 28. 3 Replies

Do you gesso, even when using pre-primed canvas? If so, do you use colored gesso or add color to it as a part of starting the under-painting?  Any thoughts on best brands of gesso?  What about consistency?  Is thick better?READ MORE

critique for my first ever portrait pls

Started by Maria Lalala. Last reply by Pat Jan 23. 12 Replies

its my first portait so any feedback will be…READ MORE

Derwent art acadamy

Started by Mike Gullick. Last reply by Jan Bracher Nov 15, 2014. 1 Reply

Just submitted my third lesson to the art acadamy. Not far to go till I get them pencils.

Softening My Grip While Maintaining Accuracy

Started by Heather E.. Last reply by Darla Beamon Nov 9, 2014. 7 Replies

Hello All! First Day! I have a very hard grip, which tends to cause lines in my paper. I've tried the knife hold, which doesn't allow me very much accuracy. Is this simply something that needs to be practiced relentlessly or is there another…READ MORE

Tags: hold, grip

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Comment by Sarah Tansey on April 20, 2015 at 2:06am

My art i call expressionism.  I like to think of it being art therapy.  I usually find inspiration from the dark places and paint to either expell negativity or paint positively more often than not.  It helps me recover.:)x

Comment by Alice on April 10, 2015 at 7:59pm


Comment by Carole M. on April 6, 2015 at 4:44am

started out with a scrap of white cardboard with this - not expecting I'd get this far. From a photo taken of young emu through fence on emu-raising-farm in the Warrumbungles, inland N.S.W.

Comment by Mary Lee Parker on March 27, 2015 at 8:33pm
Hi to very one I'm a Artist too my name ie Mary Lee
Comment by Pat on March 27, 2015 at 7:38pm

Welcome..........You will find a great deal of knowledge here from a great group of people.

Comment by Cathey E. DeRosa on March 27, 2015 at 7:32pm

Hello and welcome to all the newcomers. I'm a crafter, not an artist. I'm the only one I've been able to find on this site. So, I am not here to help you with your already new found or experienced talent.

But I will tell you, you will meet the most wonderful people on this site and make friends like never before. There are so many of us that are friends and would love to have you all as friends. It is an amazing thing.  At least in my life it is.

You will learn from the greatest and will be amazed at the artists on here. You'd think they would be in galleries. The diversity and creativity is beyond your imagination. Have fun with us!

Cathey DeRosa

Comment by Shem Anyayahan on March 26, 2015 at 12:27pm

I'm new here in The Art Colony and I consider myself as a beginner in Drawing. I wish to learn more and improve my skills in drawing and sketching. I'm just a school aged girl. Nice meeting you, guys! :)

Comment by C. Andrew Wolfe on March 17, 2015 at 4:07am


Not much of a visual artist here. I write better than I draw, really. But I'm trying to improve. I've been keeping fairly abstract lately just to get used to the media I've chosen. Most currently I am attempt to blend (or layer) colored pencils. I started with really poor results but I feel like I'm finally starting to catch on.

Anyhow, I look forward to improving and maybe even becoming a decent artist.   :D

Comment by Katie Hawke on January 29, 2015 at 11:24pm
Hello, I'm new to drawing have just discovered I love watercolour drawing. I get the impression that it is more about the blending & washing colours than the detail of the picture. Leaving it up to the viewers imagination so to say. What do other more experienced people say? Any tips? Many thanks, K
Comment by Elizabeth McEwan on November 5, 2014 at 2:19am

Ok - that was not too hard - pic attached - decided in honour of the Australian Drought and with apologies to writer Dorathea McKellar, I have call this "I Love a Drought Prone Country"..... Thanks ...... Libby


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