I have been trying something new. Playing with paint. I don’t find painting to be a joyful thing. It doesn’t come to me naturally. In fact, I am quite serious about it and rather uptight – quite the opposite about how I am in real life. Funny how that is. The more I learn, the more tense I get. I am not sure if I will ever really loosen up. Maybe it is because I am very much a practical person. I am great at reading instructions and putting things together. I learn how to do things very quickly. I can put together Ikea furniture no problem. I am great at making, but not so great at creating. I am too literal when it comes to painting. I can cook, sew, knit, crochet, mend furniture, decorate, etc, etc. Wait a minute, I can create meals without a recipe and improvise if necessary. I know the process of how to knit a sweater without a pattern (maths is really handy here and having done a few knitting classes), sometimes I just automatically know what to do when it comes to real life situations. But coming up with an idea of what to paint and how to paint is a real challenge for me. I lost the will to live after painting some tulips last weekend. I tried to make a few sketches but that just made things worse. When I painted the tulips, they were right in front of me and I just went for it without too much thought. Planning is supposed to be the key. Painting subsequent tulips was a big fail. I think I got too caught up in planning as I think that is what one is supposed to do as an artist. For those of you new to this blog, I have been teaching myself to paint in various medium for the last 3-4 years. I have only been painting with watercolors for the last year.
Today I did a painting exercise. I put out paints, pencils and other water based medium. I got out my Analgous Color Wheel and I just put paint on paper. This is what happened:
In picture 1 I worked on size A4 paper, using red, orange, blue, green, purple. I used colored pencils and the back of my brush to make marks. I splattered water and paint. I was trying to paint an owl jug that I purchased as part of my booty for still life’s and to hold some brushes. The owl was a fail so I turned it into an abstract. I used some mount board cut into two L shapes to crop sections. 2,3,and 4 show various croppings. It is also easy to do on the computer in the photo editor program.
Or, I could just have one big abstract like the one below. It looks like a landscape with a lake, to me.
Here is another one I made
Original in Landscape Format
The one on the left was painted in A3 size using reds, orange, yellow, purple and green. I also used a stamp I found in a charity shop, water soluble crayons, splatter, etc. The top right is in landscape as I thought it looked better that way and the bottom right is how I will crop it.
And here is my last one.
The one on the left is A3 size painted with greens, oranges, blues, Paynes Grey pencil, back of my brush, etc. I turned it around to landscape format and thought it looked like a pond. There was a lot of splashing of paint and water and scraping of pencils. I also used an oil pastel crayon.
I actually enjoyed doing these! I looked at my wheel and worked out what colors to use and just put the paint on, made some marks, splashed some paint and water, did a little scraping, combing and that was that! I have noticed that I am inclined to make lots of curvy marks when letting rip. I didn’t think too much either, and that helped to free me up a little. Now I just have to think of what to paint next! 🙂