Monday, July 4, 2011

A Starving Artist

If I was an artist I would definetly be starving. With that said, lately I have been trying my hand at painting. I would love to have more original works of art in our house but since we don't have the money to fund that I thought it would be fun to try to paint a few things myself.

A while back when I painted my music lyric wall art I bought a few tubes of acrylic craft paint.  Later I found some canvases on sale at Michael's and more acrylic craft paint for less than $1 and thought  I could try to paint something for our bedroom as we are lacking pictures on some of the walls in there.  My first attempt was a dandelion, I thought it would be simple but wasn't happy with how it was turning out so decided to paint over it and try something else.  Lately I've really liked paintings of rolling hills covered in oak trees, it reminds me of where my grandma lives near the coast.  So I also gave that a try although right now it is looking more like a child's painting.........and not a gifted child :o( 

I wasn't sure what to do next with the rolling hill painting so I put it away for a while and decided to try something else.  I also love paintings of fruit and have been drawn to pear paintings recently so that was my next painting attempt.  I think I'm much better if I can look at something and try to imitate it than paint something from a picture in my mind.  I didn't have any pears at home so I found a photo online.  I first traced an outline of the pears as you can see here:

Then I painted the background and filled in the pears and hoped the finished product would be something I wouldn't be embarrassed to hang on our wall!

And here it is, my painting of three pears:

I'm not the next Rembrandt or anything near but for our own art collection it will do.  Painting is really challenging!  Even something that looks like it would be simple is not .......... at least for me!  But I'm happy with my pears, I even added some dimension with shading.  My shadows and highlights might not be correct but, hey, I was trying!

Painting is a lot of fun, even if the end result isn't what you had hoped for.  Sometimes it's enjoyable just to play around with the paint and every once in a while you might get something you aren't too embarrassed to hang on the wall! 


The Painted Parlor said...

That looks awesome :). I'm NOT an artist, my kids say my stick figures look 'weird!'. Haha!!

SummerQuarters said...

It looks great Linda! Pears are always beautiful.

Linda said...

Thanks guys!

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