Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Ok! So I like the look of this blogger thing, especially when adorned with my work! Obviously, my confidence ebbs and flows. This last example is a still life that's for sale on my site. This is my husband's favorite painting.
Tomorrow, I will be posting the very first of my daily paintings. I will stop acting like a child and take some reference shots of more simple subjects until I become comfortable. Then I'll be adding on more objects, but only then. I learned my lesson today. I'm looking forward to the discipline and chops this new endeavor will foster. I think I'm feeling optimsim again! Yes!
This feels better. When I look at the blog, at least I can see some evidence of my ability, which for some reason, has been MIA for the last two weeks. I'm whining again. This was done about 6 years ago. I was using water soluble oil paint because I viewed them as some form of artistic training wheels. Thought I wasn't growed-up enough to use the real thing. Curious.
I wanted to prove I could paint. It's amazing how often I have to take quick look at finished work to verify my ability. After this first "daily" experience, I really need to. I have a pet portrait site, www.suzanneberry.com. This is a commission from this past Christmas.
Basically, I've started a blog with the intention of doing a painting a day to successfully petition the Daily Painter's site to accept me. I've never done a painting smaller than 12x12". Today I began my first 6x6". I thought it would be a breeze. It wasn't. My first problem is that if a painting doesn't look great within the first 5 minutes, I'm depressed. Childish impatience much? Of course the photo I chose to paint from is one I took of a bottle in the sun, its illuminated shadow casting a beautiful green glow on this funky blue table, which has a funky blue pattern. You think I'd start with an apple on a simple surface with a simple background. But no. "Let's blow yourself out of the water," right out of the gate has accomplished nothing but to set myself up to fail so I can give up. Sorry. Not gonna happen. Tomorrow I'll be purchasing some fruit!
Monday, April 28, 2008
This is my very first post. I haven't a clue what I'm doing. I'm an artist, starting my painting career after being a graphic designer most of my life until I was downsized four years ago. Ouch! It's been a ride. My plan is to begin to post a painting a day as soon as possible. I'm also in the process of learning, finally, how to play guitar. My dream of being a hot lead chick guitarist is probably not going to happen, but I can certainly have fun with the music and art. I'll be posting much more as I get the lay of the land and understand just what this all means. Blogging. Very strange.