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Picking your subject matter for beginners

During the Spring Group Oil Sessions my group has been working on a small 10x10 painting of a red pepper.  It's a simple looking piece, a red vegetable sitting on what appears to be a wood grain cutting board.  There are shadows and highlights to be worked onto both the vegetable and the cutting board and the background is plain black. 
 
Once completed the students will leave with a nice little piece to display in their kitchen.  They will almost certainly be happy with their first oil painting because the subject matter choosen was pretty simple. 
 
My point today is that it's easy to look through your pictures and see that great landscape from the cabin and attempt to paint it.  Perhaps you will do a fantastic job, but you could also have just choosen a subject matter that is beyond your comfort level as a beginner.  You may end up getting frustrated and feel defeated.  I've seen it happen! 
 
When you have decided to try another medium it may be best to choose something simple rather than complex to get your feet wet.  Get comfortable with some of the techniques and do a good job on something simple and work your way up to something a little more complex with each addtional piece. 
 
Happy Painting!
Lesley

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