According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, art is “something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings”.
Keeping that in mind, it is, without a doubt, a fact that painting, of any sort, is art. Painting not only requires skill—and I am not referring exclusively to talent—but it also requires imagination. An artist is only an artist if he has a mind full of thought. Imagination, thus, would be a combination of unique, well-planned ideas that show inspiration and adaptation. Ideas that artists choose to convey through art are, therefore, a vast braiding of many ideas previously created or adapted from other thoughts.
Nevertheless, I believe that painting does not have to be a talent. In other words, you do not need a birth talent in drawing to paint a $1 billion canvas. Essentially, all I believe one needs is imagination. Imagination is also not necessarily something that you are born with; instead, it is something that can grow and flower into something larger than humankind. For example, it has been proven scientifically and psychologically that reading brings imagination as writing a book, itself, requires imagination. This is why TV is thought to brainwash mankind because it does not force the brain to do any sort of thinking during the time.
So, you may consider yourself far, far, far from being an artist, but you may want to rethink that. Even if you don’t have a talent for drawing, you can learn how to do it, such as from our article How To Draw The Perfect Eye. To help with my point, I am going to tell you about the things you need for canvas painting. That way, you can see for yourself if you have got what it takes to be a true artist.
Have you noticed that you can come up with good ideas very easily? For example, are you exceptionally good at writing essays, particularly descriptive essays?
Never, ever, ever start a painting without thinking it through. Why? Primarily because it would a waste of your acrylic paint and tools if you will paint something that you later change your mind on and paint over. Have at least a sketch ready that you can look over and provide with slight alterations.
Are you determined in the choices you take and the actions you make? When you start something, is it your final goal to finish it? It should be. Are you hardworking? You should be.
In canvas painting, you will obviously primarily need a good quality canvas. You will need brushes, acrylic paint, knives, sponges, airbrushes, palettes, and other useful tools that can be used to your advantage, such as tissues. You cannot paint on a canvas without brushes and acrylic paint, in the end.
Where will you be painting? Artists almost always require a quiet place where they can well hear their thoughts and ponder over them. Also, often artists have such high creativity that their thoughts flood in, causing them to be very messy when painting. Acrylic paint takes a lot of washing off clothes and floor so keep that in mind when picking the location where you will be painting.
As I said before, artists are usually very messy, so you will need to be organised. Keep your paint and tools close and in neat piles so that you can find what you are looking for easily. Also, you need to be organised so that you don’t somehow ruin your painting or lose important tools needed for the completion of your art.
That said, it is clear that canvas painting can be for everyone. For instance, I am very into abstract painting, and though it does require some imagination, it does not always require talent. No matter what you choose to paint however, try it out. You would be surprised what you can achieve unexpectedly if you put your mind to it, as cliché as that sounds.
Also, keep in mind that artists usually don’t like their own work as much as their viewers do. That should bring your optimism up. Let me know what you think about canvas painting and if you agree or disagree that it is something that can be adapted to various talents!