So after a very unfortunate series of events which resulted in pretty much every piece of art I'd done in the past year or so being destroyed in one fell swoop, I kind of stepped back and stopped doing serious drawings. Pretty much the only thing I've done in the past 8 months or so would be a little editorial cartoon each month for my school newspaper, haha (an old example
But anyways, I'm kind of feeling the urge to create again.
More specifically, I've found recently that I really want to learn to paint.
As of right now, I have painted ONCE. It was last year in my one and only art class, and it was kind of a disaster. I had to re-mix colors every day (we only had a 40min class period), I wasn't allowed to use a reference photo and I completely ran out of time and had to rush the final half of the painting and finish it in one class period. Even so, I kind of enjoyed it.
My goal, although I doubt I will reach it, is to become proficient enough with acrylics by the end of the summer to paint my instructor and the barn owner each a picture as a kind of thank you/parting gift (I'll be heading off to college - EEK!). Not sure how that'll go but I can try, eh?
I'm sure I'll embarrass myself plenty in the course of this thread, so I might as well start out showing you my one and only painting.
*sigh* the only part I was able to spend any time on was the neck. Clearly.
For whatever reason my mother has decided to hang it on the wall in the kitchen...I really need to paint something better to switch them out because this is just embarrassing.
Paint is the one thing lacking in my house (between my sister and I, we have a fair amount of various art supplies) so I'm planning to head up to Michael's sometime today with $50 and try and figure out what I need.
If anyone has tips on what I should buy as a "starter," I'd love to hear them.
Also - are there any alternatives to painting on like, an actual canvas Because I got one for my art class since it was required, but I don't really have the money to keep buying them every time I want to do a painting. I have a bunch of relatively thick paper...could that work at all? Also, is there a way to salvage a canvas that's already been painted on?
Any thoughts, comments, critiques or pieces of advice (for that painting and any future endeavors) are gladly welcomed!
I'm hoping that by setting up a journal of sorts I can actually track my progress and stuff. We'll see?