Well, that depends on what you mean by “easy.”
In an ideal world in which all painting is intuitively and effortlessly performed by a machine, it’s not. That would be very easy. But you are not doing anything on a painting board. At your desk you would, without going to the trouble of getting up and going through each brush stroke on a palette or whatever. You would have a few small brushes there. (The reason you didn’t have a few small brushes there is that you’re just too busy.) How did you get past this? I think you just found the next best thing to do. You may think the next best thing is painting with a pencil in hand, but that’s not it at all. If you’re getting more practice out of a pencil brush than I do from drawing a brushstroke, you’re doing something wrong. You’re simply trying to get to somewhere that isn’t possible. The same thing goes for drawing a canvas.
Now I’m not saying there’s no harm in painting a little bit for your own gratification. In fact, I think it has many positive benefits. A very small amount of time and practice with a pencil or crayon or something can make you significantly better at certain things. But it’s not going to magically turn you into a painter or a sculptor. If you’re too old to paint a little bit, you still have to make a living, and that’s not easy. There are a lot of ways to get started. But remember, a lot of what you’ve been doing is just learning how to do a few things. You’re not making anything substantial yet. That’s a big problem. Just because some practice time can teach you how to draw, it doesn’t mean you really should.
One of the most beautiful things you can do is have your brush and watercolor brushes (if you’re not a good artist) or your gouache or watercolor pencils (if you’re not a good artist) sit on the desk facing out a little bit. Put them next to them.
Your eyes are just as good at sensing motion. That’s one of the reasons why I don’t think I’m a great artist. Maybe I’m a good artist if I can see everything that’s happening around me. But unless you see where all the pieces are coming together, you’re just going to keep looking out the window to see where you’re going. The whole point of the painting is to see how everything is
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