I’ve always had some understanding on how to sketch or draw, but it wasn’t until about two years ago that I decided to try my hand at painting. My dad advised me to start out with acrylics because they have less rules, less smell, and are easier to control. When I bought my first canvas board, I seriously stared at it for a good hour, maybe two just thinking about what was in my head. I was overwhelmed with ideas and so unsure with where to start that I was locked in a standoff with the whiteness for fear of ruining the painting before I even started. So, I knocked back a couple glasses of wine so I could relax and not care about the potential loss of a $2.00 board (a.k.a total failure). Somehow, I ended up doing a background and letting my brush just take over. I had no idea what I was painting at first, but as I put the brush to the canvas ideas started to take shape. It was an obsession from that point on. Though I must make it clear that I only paint when the mood strikes. Once a painting is started I will work on it for hours at a time for several days, but when the mood is gone I have to leave it alone. I have discovered that your mood is transfered into your work. The mood has to be there or it’s not worth your time.
So, after a couple of years using acrylics, I have an increasing interest in oil. I long for the texture, the depth, the blending properties, and the challenge. Unlike my parents, I don’t plan on making a living with my art. It is a true hobby and a real escape. I have reached a point where I want to take a class to improve my skills but, I currently live too far out to take one at a college, so I am left with on-line options. I first searched out what was free and was pleased to find a variety of tallented teachers offering their knowlege to their college students via videos on youtube. Few of the professors didn’t mind the general public taking their video courses. I have found one that starts from the beginning and reviews the basics. It is through his course that I decided to make this blog. It’s meant to be a tool, a reference point, a place for ideas, discussion, it enables you to monitor your progress, and recieve creative criticism.
The only proplem I have with blogs is the possibility of someone stealing your work. Not that I think I’m that great, but ideas are ideas. There is nothing worse than one taking credit for another’s work. It’s one thing to copy a painter for practice or technique, it’s another to write their ideas off as your own. I have seen it time and again on sites like Deviantart, Etsy, facebook, ect. I’m a bit passionate on the subject, however I have come to the conclusion that it’s inevitable. I’m getting off topic and that’s a whole other ball of wax for another time.
So, this is it. The lesson calls for a sketch everyday, so I will post my daily sketches. I am also to find a perticular style I like, which artists stand out to me, and discuss why. I very much welcome other fellow artists no matter skill level to offer their input.