Sure, doing exercises from books is really useful for learning the “rules” of painting, but I really want to develop my own style. So this is my first that’s not from any book. I started with a photograph, painting with acrylic paints. After the landscape was finished, I printed the photo on tracing paper, and cut out the picture of my dad and one of the trees. Then glued them on. Not exactly my complete vision, but for me, I like this direction.
Acrylic paint, tracing paper
Sure, the color wheel is Art 101, but knowing the it really is the backbone of everything, well, color. Art, fashion, interior design, how to coordinate your car’s interior and exterior. And it’s lesson #1 in the book Creating Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker. I’m working my way through the exercises in this book, though not particularly speedily.
Watercolor and acrylic paint, micron pen
Working a full time retail job leaves little time for weekend painting classes, so I turned to books. I purchased Acrylic Painting with Lee Hammond, and one of the first exercises was learning the Elements of Shading. Just painting random gray spheres seemed kind of boring, so this is my interpretation. The rainbow didn’t turn out quite like I envisioned, but it works for me.
Acrylic paint, magazine pages
In the weekend class I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the second project we painted was a landscape. I had brought several personal photographs as possibilities that were taken either by me or my husband, Roland. We were using acrylic paints, and learned about adding pre-painted tissue paper for texture.
Acrylic paint, tissue paper, painted September 2012
Inspiration photo is of Point Lobos State Reserve in California.
In September, 2012, I took a weekend painting class at Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta. The class was called landscapes and collage (or something like that), and turned out to be different than what I was expecting, but having never really done any painting (except walls in my house), I was intrigued. Oh, yeah, I had also been doing some experimenting with watercolors in the 366 Pages journal mentioned yesterday. This class was primarily acrylics, though not this introductory piece. This piece was the first thing the instructor had us do. Let’s call it the Paper Tree Forest.
Construction paper, colored chalk
What sparked this revelation that perhaps I like a different kind of art? The kind that did not involve a needle and thread? It started with a chance comment from a friend on Etsy. A fellow Etsian was offering a Leap Year project for $20 to make an art journal with a prompt every day in the year 2012. I didn’t do every prompt, and in fact, probably stopped seriously participating by the end of the summer. But still the fire was lit.
The picture above was from the January 26 prompt “illustrate a dragon” to commemorate the Year of the Dragon.
One of my favorite quilted table runners, made by me with my own design. Muted solid colors surrounded by a beautiful batik fabric look wonderful for a fall table setting. Well, we didn’t eat in this dining room today, but we have had a great Thanksgiving.
*Made in October, 2008. Originally for sale in my Etsy shop, but I decided I liked it too much and wanted to keep it.
Zentangle inspired drawing, 2011, mixed media.
Welcome to my artistic journey. Come see what’s behind the door…