Well mostly anyway, I just need to hang it... but I finished my very first painting. And I have to say I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I probably broke every imaginable "painter's rule," but I always tell my son, there are no rules in art, just go with it!
My painting was inspired by lot's of fabulous floral art paintings like these...
My painting turned out pretty close to how I envisoned it, but there are a few things I will probably do a little differently next time. Most importantly, I learned so much in creating it. It kind of surprised me how closely art lessons can translate to life lessons... let me explain :)
Try something new
You might surprise yourself and find that you actually enjoy doing something that you would have normally considered to be completely outside of your comfort zone.
I never thought I would like painting. In fact I hated art class in school. This process has really inspired me to reconsider art. I used a variety of mediums to create this canvas, and I found that I really enjoy mixed media as an art form. It's more forgiving, you really can write your own rules!
Don't be afraid to make mistakes
Sometimes you just have to wing it, you may end up liking the results, and you might not, but in you can always improvise... or tuck it in your back pocket as a lesson learned for your next adventure.
I used modeling paste & water soluble oil pastels for the first time. The modeling paste was so fun, but I went a little crazy with it! LOL Next time I'll center my flowers so they aren't so high up on the edge of the canvas. Because I am not an experienced painter, I found it difficult to add shading using paint, so the oil pastels were much easier for me. Love them!
I also used a combination of patterned paper, an painted paper to create a mosaic like effect for the vase. Some of the painted pieces smudged, the organized pattern I had going ended up not going! LOL But I just went with it, and love the imperfect look it gives.
Do the best you can with what you have
I sure many of you have experienced a time in your life, especially if you're a crafter, or a collector of things, that you just need "this or that." You already have things that would work just fine, but that "this or that" would make things so much easier, faster, or better! But sometimes you just have to use what you have.
I knew that I wanted this painting to have a lot of texture to try to mask my inexperience as a painter, so I started looking at different texture mediums. I knew that I wanted to use modeling paste, stencils, & oil pastels, but then I saw Golden's Glass Bead Gel. That's some cool stuff! But I already spent more than I intended to on supplies so I didn't buy any. When I got home I remembered that I had some Stampin' Up glass beads in my stash.I played around with it, and basically just mixed the beads in with some acrylic paint, and it worked pretty good! I've never used glass bead gel, so I can't compare the results, but it definitely added some texture to the flowers and that's what I was hoping for!
Good things come to those who wait
Some things just take time. You can try to rush the process or take short cuts, but more often than not, you will not achieve the results you seek.
Paint dries slow, especially when you add thick layers. I worked on this painting for several weeks. I tend to have several projects going on at once, and in this case it worked out great!
I thought about using my heat tool to speed up the drying process, but decided against it and I'm so glad I did. The waiting time gave me an opportunity to think about the next steps, and sketch out plans for my next painting. So stay tuned :)
Thanks for looking! I hope I've inspired you to try something new or different today!