Yeah it is Friday!!!
This week has been good except for yesterday when I had a minor meltdown.
I have been learning so much from Will Kemp and his website and all his tips and I was ready to try another painting using some of the things that I have learned so far.
This is the photo that the lesson is based off of,
So it first started when I tried to print it off and my printer wouldn't work. No big deal I will just copy it off the computer. My laptop is dying a slow death so this Christmas we got a new computer. Yeah, fun, exciting but it is an all-in-one and not able to be carried around.
I use my crappy laptop and take it upstairs to my area and proceed to follow Will's videos. However, crappy laptop = doesn't play videos very well and keeps freezing up.
After about 1/2 hour messing with that and a few choice words, it finally worked.
All is wonderful now I am painting, I am trying new things such as this,
setting a ground color.
I am used to painting on a stark white board and Will introduced me to this, which is great and makes total sense.
I can roll with this even though everything in my brain is telling me
WHOA! Bright color that is NOT even in the photo!!!
I proceed with sketching the lines in and even started to add darker and lighter areas first and building on the painting.
Again something that I kind of did, but not correctly, so this was all great!
I started mixing colors and this is what did me in for the day.
Before I found this amazing site, I went out and purchased paint and some supplies, which was fine, but I didn't realize the importance of quality paint, believe me, it makes a difference. My paints were thin, they wouldn't mix and the feel of them on the canvas was not smooth and flowy. I felt like each time I mixed the paint, the paint actually disappeared!
I got here and ran out of one color that I mixed and there was no way in my state of mind that I could match that color again so I pouted, cried a bit and stopped.
A bit dramatic?
Does it really make a difference in the grand scheme of things?
Nope, not really.
Does it help me become a better painter?
Yes it does.
I have to remind myself that I am learning and part of learning is doing things wrong, in fact that is how I learn the best, I just need to keep reminding myself of thhat. My new motto should be:
Anyway, I grabbed my little coupon to Michaels and went and picked up a few professional quality paints (in the colors that Will suggested I start with) that will help me a bit more and I can mix those with the basic paint to help.
I will try again this weekend.
*I am not being paid or given anything for mentioning Will's site, I really just love it that much and have learned so much from him already that if you are wanting to pick up that brush again, which I know some of you are, that you will wander over there and have a look-see. :)
I will leave you with a couple images of my drives to the lake this week and I hope you have a wonderful weekend and make some mistakes. (nothing too serious though) :)