I’ve started a new painting, this time with an actual figure instead of an abstract piece. My painting style hasn’t progressed very much beyond where I left off in high school, so I’m not happy with my initial attempts at this new piece. I felt the need to do a little soul searching and pinpoint exactly what I’d like to achieve with the final piece. This led me to researching some impressionist artists and practicing a few new techniques, and I think I’m ready to tackle it again. What you see here is my new inspiration board, a tip from looking through pictures of other artists studios.
Stay tuned for the final painting! I can’t promise it for any particular time, but I can say that I intend to paint (and finish) many more pieces this year.
A detail of the piece I just posted.
This painting was unbelievably fun to do and I’m not even done with it yet!
I hold myself back from painting because I get so hung up on choosing a subject, and thinking about what the style is going to be, and colours etc. So I decided to go abstract for a little bit!
It’s fun, colourful, and open to any kind of interpretation that I can imagine.
I made a card for my friends’ new baby and drew a cute little penguin for the cover. Not as cute as he is though!
I’ve been working on this painting for a couple years now, one of those on-again-off-again type of projects. I’m still not completely happy with it, but I’m getting closer with what I’ve done today.
acrylic paint, 48”x24” canvas
Showing a detail of the piece I started working on with oil pastels today.
The catalogue of my oil pastel colours is done, now to begin.
Showing a detail of the hooded lovebird painting I started at the end of last year. I attempted to use paintbrushes and make it look pretty, but they just weren’t agreeing with me today, so I slopped on the colours with popsicle sticks and found myself a new technique to try out! Still have to add some to the background and tweak a few things, then painting number one is done.
The year of birds has come to an end! While I didn’t quite make my goal of creating a bird for every day, I still feel like I accomplished what I needed to. I made time for creating art in my daily life and gained more confidence in my drawing skills.
For 2013, I intend to keep up this blog with postings of my artwork. Instead of focusing on a single subject, I’d like to focus on my painting techniques. It will mean taking a little longer on a single piece, but the exercise in patience and determination will be good for me.
Thanks to my family, friends and everyone that has encouraged me along the way. A special thank you to my future husband, who pushed me on days I was feeling less than enthusiastic, and made dinner on those other days that I was completely absorbed in what I was working on.
Day 120: Just some of my experimentation with different mediums and coloring techniques for today. Christmas coming up, I figure homemade cards are probably the best bet this year.
Day 119: I’ve taken a different approach to painting this evening and am going to build each colour up in layers. This is a hooded lovebird with brilliant blue feathers. I’m excited to give myself the time to work on this one!
Day 118: I tried my hand at painting again this afternoon. A friend lent me their set of water-soluble oil paints, but I realized only once I had everything ready to go that it was missing black. Not one to let that get in my way, I went ahead and tried to use what I did have - green and greenish-blue.
It’s been a while since I’ve painted anything of significance, but I really want to force myself to keep practicing and find my style again. A project for the new year!
Day 117: Found this funny photo of a crow and thought it’d be neat to draw it in a colour other than my usual serious black