Hi, I’m Libby —
I love helping beginners discover that learning to paint doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. Once you know how easy it is to get started, you can enjoy creating paintings of your own.
When I was learning to paint, I spent a lot of time (and money) on self-study instruction books, DVD lessons, online tutorials, in-person classes, painting clubs, workshops, and private lessons. After all that, I learned that there is no “one way” or “right way” to paint. Every artist develops their own method, and you must decide what works for you. Eventually, if you keep painting long enough, you live and learn and begin to figure things out on your own.
I hadn’t been painting very long (about 3 years) when a lucky opportunity opened up for me. In 2018, I was hired by Michaels to teach acrylic painting classes for beginners. Through a Grumbacher-certified program, I learned how to create a painting from start to finish in about 3 hours. Basically a paint party without the wine.
As an art instructor, I learned to paint fast, make things easy and affordable, and stick to a plan to keep things on track. To keep my students happy and engaged, they needed to see results fast.
They just needed enough basic knowledge to get started. An important part of learning to paint is knowing what supplies are worth buying, how to color mix 5 colors into any color needed, and how to follow a paint plan. Once you know what to do, you just need to apply what you learn and rack up successful experiences. Before long, paintings improve. Confidence grows.
I love seeing my students grow into confident painters. Learning to paint can be much more than just a happy diversion, it can transform lives. Painting has the power to relieve stress, provide a refuge, give one a sense of purpose or peace of mind. Painting has helped me do all that and more. I hope it can help you, too.
Your painting friend,