Sunday, April 28, 2013

learning to paint

In the middle of March, I decided I wanted to learn to paint.  It all started at the doctor's office when I was waiting for the doctor.  I was bored so I did a sketch.  I love drawing but have never sketched.  I really enjoyed the freedom of not having to be perfect and decided that I could finally have that attitude with painting as well.  I started with watercolors.  Tucker was my willing model.  It makes me laugh.  

So since I had so much trouble with the watercolors, I tried acrylics.  I was quite pleased with the outcome.

So I tried a tutorial for an acrylic sunset.  

But then I decided I don't like being beat so I wanted to revisit watercolors.  I haven't touched acrylics's all been watercolors.  I began by following tutorials I found on YouTube

This one I did while on vacation in the Smoky Mountains the last week of March.  It was done while looking at the mountains from our room while I waited for Adam to wake up.  My mountains have definitely improved from my first attempts.

I have decided that night skies are a lot of fun to do and I can't wait to do more.  Someone asked me if I wanted to sell this one.

I've been trying lots of different techniques.  They range in sizes from 2"x3" - 9"x12".  I really don't have the time to be doing so much painting but I can't help myself.  I am getting less sleep than usual as a result.  But I can see that all my practicing is, indeed, helping me to improve which only makes me want to paint more.  

People keep asking me what I do with my paintings.  Right now, they're just in a pile.  Aside from framing a couple of my favorites, I don't know what I would do with them.  

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