Friar’s Artist Tips: If you find a good teacher, latch onto them and whatever you do, don’t let go!
Case in point. I started semi-serious painting in 1997. I signed up for art lessons at the local community center with the other artist-wannabees. The teacher was this 80-year-old eccentric German guy. He was an excellent painter, but a mediocre teacher.
This was the level of my painting circa October 1997. It’s based on a photo I took atop of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont.
Eventually, I got fed up with Herr Gunther’s lessons. I wasn’t learning anything. I stopped lessons in 1998, and was almost ready to quit painting.
Luckily, by random chance, I found another teacher who was a cashier at the local art store. She was a retired painter/graphic artist, who gave lessons from her basement to small groups of 3-4 people.
I started with her in September 1999, and she was fantastic! I couldn’t believe how much she taught me.
This was my level of painting as of February, 2000. It’s a good comparison to the first painting, because the scene is similar (atop Mt. Marcy in the Adirondacks).
(Quite a difference from the first one, huh? )
The point I’m trying to make here is NOT to brag about how quickly I progressed. But rather to demonstrate the value of a good teacher.
This was how far she took me in just six months. (And it wasnt’ a huge time commitment, either). Just one art class a week.
I bet a lot of you are much better artists than you think. But maybe you just haven’t found that right teacher/mentor yet. Someone who can take your raw talent, show you a few tricks, and help unleash your hidden potential.
I was lucky enough to have found my mentor. I hope you find yours, too.
And when you do..STAY WITH THEM and absorb everything they can teach you!
P.S. 10 years later, I still keep in touch with my art teacher, even though she lives 4 hours away. She’s not only a mentor, but she’s become a good friend.