Art Life Today!

Since I’ve moved my art stuff into the living room I’ve actually been drawing more! I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed it…

For Christmas this year I’ve planned to give people paintings. I’ve finished part of my mom’s and I’m in the process of my little brother’s.

I found out from my spies (mom and sister) that there is a painting that my brother keeps seeing at Home Depot. It’s a print of course, but I totally understand. It’s by Leonid Afremov. He is my favorite artist!! But the painting is not one of his typical ones; which gave me a challenge. I love challenges. 😎

So when you are painting someone’s art I believe in drawing it first. Because then you put your own spin on it. Why paint it exactly the same? That’s boring. It’s your impression of their work. So in a way…it becomes your own.

This was day one.

I decided to use my markers. I knew it was not going to give me the effect I wanted, but I was going to put in the effort and frame the end product.

I actually used the perspective training you get in fifth grade…it actually looks. This is the first time I’m mapped out my drawing. I usually just wing it!

Well…

Again I forgot to take pictures of the stages. But this is the finished product! I actually really like it! It is already framed and finished.

You don’t get that wet feeling with markers but it still works.

This composition was on accident.

I had the wood slices on my desk…I needed a propping type thing… I really liked how this picture looked so I’m sharing it. Haha 😂.

So now all I have to do is paint! I’m planning on using a canvas I found from the thrift store. Repurposing!! I’m using oil paints! And because of the smell; I’ll be doing this outside.

So excited!

I haven’t painted with oil paints in almost…4 years! 😳 I’ve missed the smell; I like the smell. It reminds me of my college days where I took a painting class twice a week; it was an 8 hour class…!

My set-up is on a folding, lifted table. Drop cloth for cleanliness! And I’m located under the carport. It is a prefect makeshift painting area!

Mapping out my canvas…

This is my first time doing this…I thought I should because there is a lot of perspective involved, and that is not my strong suit, with freehand.

Day one!

Again another first…I used to make my first layer just by just coating the canvas with the primary color…in this case it is white…so I found that ridiculous. So I did what my teachers were trying to tell me, and mapped out my painting with thin paint.

Weird…it actually works! 😅 This is going to save me so much paint! I was just stubborn before…

Well that as far as I go today! Don’t worry I will be better at taking pictures through my process.

Enjoy your Wednesday! We are off to story time at the library! 🌼

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