It’s time to start painting, to jump off the cliff and find your art wings on the way down. You will learn to fly with this first painting exercise. All you have to do is believe that you have the necessary tools and to shut down that ever-present critic.

Painting is like baking a cake. To make it, you first have to gather the ingredients, which, even in combination, don’t look or taste like a cake. Even after mixing the ingredients and pouring them into a pan, you’re still short of having something that looks like a birthday cake. But, put the pan in the oven and when it starts to rise, you can see that a birthday cake will be possible. Once the cake has cooled, and you apply the icing and light the candles—voilà, ...

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