I’ve been working on painting and drawing a bit the past few months, taking classes at the local arts center and renewing my passion. I haven’t painted since approximately 1987, so yes, I have work to do. While loading up on books (got to have books for any new venture, right?) at local Bob’s Beach Books, I discovered Daily Painting by Carol Marine. I’ll be posting paintings as I progress, just as she suggests. It’s great motivation, plus helps me get in touch with others taking the same path.
I’m using acrylics, with some brushes and some knives. Being frugal, I bought a set of inexpensive (i.e.., cheap) brushes at Joann’s, thinking, “what could go wrong with cheap brushes?” They had some spring and looked just fine. In play, however, they sometimes shed bristles into the paint. Meaning I can now label some of my work as “mixed media,” using both paint and fiber. Ha ha. As to the knives, again I went inexpensive with a set of plastic painting knives. They are pretty much like disposable tableware. Without serrated edges. I’m not sure how long I will stick with them, as I am considering just using the spatulas in my cooking drawer. Stay tuned.
Here’s some of the recent work I’ve done at the Artist Studio Association in Lincoln City. It’s a wonderful, welcoming place to learn about art in the company of very nice people. I’ve been studying with John Cheek and Arlon Gilliland, two amazingly positive and helpful artists.