Like I said before, I do not consider myself an “artist” but I do enjoy slapping some paint on a canvas to make art for my home that is essentially cheap or free. It’s not that I refuse to spend money on art, but why buy some when I can make my own and it’s fun for me? The saved money is just icing on the cake 😉 A few months ago I saw a painting in the club house that came from a chain furniture store nearby:
I LOVED it. I didn’t take a picture of it at the time, I just saw it and loved it and the image stuck in my mind. (I went back after the fact to take a picture for this post). Then one night shortly before Christmas, I found myself with the urge to paint something, and a small blank canvas to paint on. So the dogs and I got to work:
Yes, I am using a dog bowl with a napkin in it for the paint. (Don’t worry animal lovers! This is my “paint bowl” now and neither dog uses it for a water bowl.) First, I painted the whole canvas that yellow color, and brushed in some fake “clouds” with a little white paint. Then I painted the mountain layers in one at a time by gradually started with a ton of white and a little blue paint, and gradually working in more and more black paint. The result? This quirky little painting:
I really like it, and without even realizing what I was doing, it kind of looks like it belongs in a series with my first painting:
I didn’t have any inspiration for that painting. I was just bored one day in the break between taking the bar and starting my current job. So I went down to a local art store and bought yellow and black paint, a canvas, and one paint brush. Why only two colors? Why only one brush? I had only painted twice in my life. Once was a particularly horrendous experience painting wooden christmas tree ornaments at church. The other time was way back in high school. And I remember thinking that my painting was fairly good, but I could not for the life of me figure out how to paint faces on the grandpa and the little girl. The painting just looked CREEPY without faces, so I ultimately threw it away. So I didn’t want to sink too much money into this thing in case it crashed and burned like my prior experiences. The only thing I knew for sure when I walked into that art store was that I couldn’t do anything with faces (be it Frosty the Snowman or a grandpa and granddaughter). And I really like ugly shades of yellow, so I figured yellow and black paint was the way to go. Then I decided to do tree silhouettes. The problem? I only bought a big brush. So I found an old, small make-up brush, and guess what? Apparently make-up brushes can make cool trees. Apparently that is the only kind of tree I can do though… because I tried to make a different tree painting a few weeks later, and failed miserably.
I think I need at least one more painting with that yellow color. Time will tell what it will be 😉