As I await the delivery of some key supplies, I stand on the precipice of this vast undertaking. I have now watched every free video on the DMP site. I have ordered and received my Geneva paints, and I am preparing to lay out the cash for the first $100 DMP video download. I have enjoyed reading through this forum, and learning from everyone here. You produce such great work, I feel like I have so much to learn.
May I pick your brain?
What do you know now, that you wish you'd known before you began painting?
What mistakes have you made, and what did you learn from them that has changed something significant about your drawing, mixing, and/or oil painting ever since?
What book, tutorial, teaching, or technique has made the most dramatic improvement in your work?
What are common beginner mistakes, and how do you avoid them?
If you had to give a beginner advice, what wisdom would you share that you think would make the largest difference to an oil painter who was totally new to painting in general?