.....Luckily I knew that I could, because that's exactly how I felt before finding Folk Art Painting and I've watched so many times as those same doubtful people had become beautiful painters. Watching their amazement at being able to paint has always been really rewarding, because often, the students would be ladies in their late 60's and 70's who had yearned to paint their whole life.
Folk Art Painting is a style of painting that is learnt in the same way you learnt to write, it's a skill based art so each brushstroke can be practiced over and over until mastered. I have watched time and time again as students who didn't think they could ever paint slowly but surely find their creative side. And it is such a good feeling. Of course like everything else, being creative takes a little nurturing - but for most people the big question is 'where on earth do you start'? - when I decided I wanted to paint, I was sure that painting was some kind of secret club I didn't know how to join!
Folk Art Painting takes the mystery out of learning, because unlike something that is talent based, skills can be taught and as you start painting simple designs and mixing paint colours, the artist within you will naturally show itself. It's not something you have to force, it's already there just waiting to be unleashed :)
The beauty of Folk Art is that there is so many roads to take. In it's simplest form it can be used to paint crafty, disposable items like greeting cards. Moving on you could use it to paint furniture or even walls. But then there is the whole history of Folk Art Painting, which is a fascinating subject and could take you on virtual or actual travels to Germany, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Netherlands and England in research of the beautiful European Folk Arts that still exist.