Monday, June 7, 2010
Family tree painting part 1
I painted this for my younger sister for Christmas. It matches the colors of the art quilt she has on her bedroom wall. What you can't see are the dozens of hearts and tiny musical notes I added because of her great kids and her stupendous singing talent. She's amazing, my sister!
BUT, I haven't always been a painter. I sewed, crocheted, quilted and sketched for years without picking up a brush. Taking art classes was daunting for me and the family budget always laughs heartily at a request for funding and then says, "Um, NO." So I began small with birdhouses and folk art signs and other things that were fun to do and came out pretty darn good. Soon everyone in the family had received painted birdhouses and signs which they still display to this day, bless their lovin' hearts.
So, by studying other artists and their paintings and painting ALOT, I soon figured out what I can do and what I aspire to do as a painter. I'm not where I want to be but the journey has been very rewarding and that brings us to where my art is today. I'm still leagues away from my painting goals, but getting there is half the fun!
So, here's part of the process of that painting. There are alot more colors than you would think on that canvas which lend some depth to the final look. Some did not work and I just painted them out.
Before you say "I can't do that," just think what all of you in the blogging world have done with your creative projects. You see something, possibly by another talented blogger, or online, or just out and about in the mundane world, which nevertheless is full of creativity and wonderfulness. You think "That is too cool!"
And then what? You think, "I can make that!" and you figure out how to do it.
Painting is the same process. You figure out how to do it to get to the vision you have already in your head. Your painting will NOT be the same as some one else's. It will be yours. Even the attempts you are not happy with will get you to where you want to be eventually. If you find you enjoy it, just keep on trying. It's only paint! You can paint over your mistakes and try again!!
I had seen a painting similar to this and wanted that same sense of blended blues and purples with a curvy tree. Then I started adding other elements. What didn't work I painted out and put in something else. It's paint! You can do that!!
My sister loves her painting and I loved painting it for her! And hey, it may not be great art but it's made us both happy.
So this brings us to the title of this post.....the family tree painting. This is a commissioned piece I'm working on which will be similar in theme to the painting on the right in the picture below....
Which shows my wall of red art I painted for my livingroom. I could not find the paintings I wanted for my home, so I did my own. If I get tired of them I can paint different ones. All of these started out as something else. The autumn colored tree is the inspiration for a family tree painting for a customer.
The colors won't be quite so intense as the picture above and the tree will be more straight oak than curvy willow, but it is looking very very good. I will post pictures when it is finished.
Learning to paint needn't be expensive or soul searing. You can start with craft acrylics and simple brushes. Learn as you go. Paint what you like! Don't be afraid to try different things. You might be very surprised at the talent you did not know you had. And at the very least, you might end up with some very gift worthy painted birdhouses for your family at Christmas!
What was that commercial from years ago? "Try it, you'll like it!"
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Posted by Ann @ makethebestofthings at 9:48 AM