Senorita Bonita

One of my friends said I should name this painting Senorita Bonita. I like that. I had fun painting this one.

Dress Painting

I kind of like this painting. The texture on the bodice was intentional. I thought about going back and adding some sparkly paint, but I think I’ll leave it alone. The painting is not my original. I copied a painting I found on Pinterest. Soon I hope to be doing my own original work, but I’m not there yet.

I’ve always heard that it takes 10,000 hours to get good at something. Today I ran across a TED video that says you can get good at painting – or many other things – in only 20 hours. I don’t know about that, we’ll see. I don’t think I’ve spent 20 hours painting. Maybe 10-12. I guess I have something to look forward to soon. I’ll just keep on keeping on.

Beach Scene Part Deux

I attempted to paint a beach scene a second time, and this was the result. A lot better, but still a lot of room to grow. Consistency is key, from what I’m told. The palm tree leaves came out better than in past attempts.

I’ve been watching SkillShare videos on acrylic blending techniques. After watching three such videos, I ordered these round brushes. I only need one, I think, but this came with three for only $2.00 less than buying one. You know…a girl and a sale…I also ordered this pack of two color wheels after the video showed what can happen if you mix colors that are across the color wheel from each other. Some of them turn muddy or brown. We don’t want that to happen, and it already has several times.

I looked at blending medium as well, but haven’t ordered any yet. One thing I really want is an art portfolio to store some of my paintings. I’ve looked at some, but haven’t found the right one yet. There really isn’t a right one, but just one that grabs me and says, “I must come and live with you.”

Not the Beach

Yesterday, I was going to paint a beach scene. For some reason, it wasn’t working out at all. It was just lines of color that wouldn’t form into anything recognizable, so I decided to paint over it with my palette knife. I actually like the result. It reminds me of fire.

It’s odd, but after I painted this, I had the strangest dream last night. I’m not going into any details, but in the dream I felt angry. It was a level of anger I have never felt before. I was angry in every fiber of my being and was ranting like a psycho. It wasn’t a crazy kind of thing. Someone did something really crappy, and I was appropriately angry for what happened. In my dream, I expressed every shred of anger I’ve ever felt in my life. I awoke feeling peaceful, like I rid my body of years of angst.

I’m starting to think art is as cathartic as I’ve heard. It makes me feel, and I don’t usually feel a wide range of emotions. I like it. I’m growing.

Painting Practice

As I mentioned in previous posts, I bought this cute little art journal book to practice painting. So far, the flower painting above is my favorite.

Obviously, I paint better than I write, and that’s not saying much at this point. But whatever. It’ll get better with time and practice. My son said snarkily that he has a Cricut Explore Air 2 Blue Machine Bundle – Beginner DigitalGuide, Tool Kit, Vinyl, Designs so he doesn’t have bad lettering in his projects.

I was all happy with the pink and purple one until I did the writing. I’m considering painting the page on the right white and then using it again for something else.

I’m dreaming of the day I can paint something from a photo or a still life, and especially a real scene. I’m happy with my progress as a total beginner, but looking forward to better days. Today, I ordered another little book. It’s exactly like the one I’ve been using, but it’s a little bit larger. Paul Rubens Watercolor Paper Block, Premium Leather Cover Artist Quality Hot Pressed Paper for Watercolors and Wet Media Block, 100 Percent Cotton, 7.68 x 5.31 inches, 140lb, 20 Sheets (Pink)

Not Even Cute

Now this is just ugly. I saw this cute pair of paintings online and thought they would be cute in my bathroom. The first mistake I made was giving this poor lady unflattering facial features. The second mistake was using watercolor pens. I think I’m going to paint over this whole painting with acrylic and use the paper again for something else.

I’ve watched a number of videos that demonstrate the use of watercolor pens, but I can’t seem to make them work for me. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I think I’ll quit while I’m ahead. I do so much better with acrylics. Watercolors aren’t nearly as forgiving as acrylics. You can paint over acrylics until you achieve the desired effect. Not so with watercolors. This is not my talent. I don’t even feel much desire to try to improve it.

One thing I’m working on that I really like is a female nude abstract. I don’t know if it’s okay to post that here, but it’s coming along pretty great. Well…my definition of “great” might be a little loose.

I received the cute little watercolor notebook I ordered from Amazon. I’m going to use it for my acrylic painting challenge. I think I’ll practice some blending and backgrounds in it and then add stuff. I’m not sure what yet. Here is the little book I ordered. I chose the pink one.

I’m ready to move on from Christmas paintings, but I’m not yet sure what’s next. I’ll eventually do some Easter paintings because my daughter likes to decorate for all the holidays. Maybe some winter in Texas paintings? I’m in the Gulf Coast region of Texas, and it’s very tropical here. We have palm trees and hibiscus in the winter. That could make some interesting paintings. I’m going to look into that.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Rudolph Snowman

I call this fella Rudolph Snowman because he has a big red nose like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He’s now sitting on the fireplace mantel among the reindeer paintings we did at Painting With a Twist.

I read today that it’s better to paint small paintings every day than to work on a large painting for a long time. Sounds good to me. The completion of something quickly might keep me motivated. For this painting, I used 4″ x 6″ Strathmore Watercolor Postcards, 3 Pads. These cards can be used as painted postcards or Christmas cards.

I saw a painting posted in a Facebook group, and the lady who did it said she had only been painting for a year. Her painting was way less amateurish than mine. Although I’ve been painting for a year, it has been just sporadic and mainly a few minutes here and there on the weekends. I know I shouldn’t be comparing myself to others, but I do. It doesn’t make me feel bad. It makes me want to work harder and improve. Whether my paintings or good or bad, they bring me joy. I feel joy while I’m painting them and again when I see them hanging on the wall or sitting on a shelf.

I want to do seasonal paintings for all the different seasons and holidays. I love this little snowman and will be sad to put him away when Christmas is over. I’m sure I’ll do other paintings that I love as much.

I must say this is not an original design by me. It’s something from Pinterest. I’m not really at the place yet where I have much luck painting my own creations. I know the more I practice that it will come. I’ll just keep doing it.