Painting

I’ve picked up a paintbrush for the first time in 29 years.  I can’t believe I’m doing it.  As a crafty person, I am not surprised by the need to express myself; but I guess I never thought I’d start painting again.

I took art classes in high school and became pretty good at it at that time; but I left behind the paint and pencils long ago.  It wasn’t until I took a few free classes at our local Michael’s that I’ve found my inspiration once again.

Last night, I created a “Red Riding Hood” painting that I must say impressed me.

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Back in HS, I loved painting in both tempera and acrylic mediums. This painting is in acrylic and I’m relearning how to texturize, build and express myself through my work.  I have a heavy hand and have to learn to use lighter strokes to not push the paint; but allow it to flow freely to make the painting come to life.  I can’t force it, even though the control freak in me so wants to do just that. LOL!

I think Red is brave.  I think she is going to a place that even though she wants to, is also a bit afraid to go; but she’s pushing herself to do it.  There is so much that is unknown and she will conquer that fear.

I don’t know if I’m good.  I don’t know if I’m not.  What I do know is that I enjoyed the experience and I am pleased with the way it turned out.  I’m ready for the next one.  My art tends to be on the dark side sometimes; but I’m okay with that.  Sometimes we have to use the darkness in order to find the light.

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Creativity

I’m not sure what happened to my creativity. Lately, I feel that it has sizzled and died. My card making and scrapbooking have been lacking and I think I need a jump start.

I did, however, switch to finishing to crochet the blanket I’m making for my son. It is looking really good. I like it. It is a multicolored blue and I’ll be trimming it with navy blue when I’m finished. I’m not sure how much longer it will take until I finish; but shouldn’t be too much longer. He’s loving it.

I did take a painting class and will be going to one on Tuesday evening as well, which was a lot of fun. The class is pretty open and easy to follow instructions, that I enjoy, so it makes the time go quickly and every one who shows up feels like an artist. 🙂

I do take two card making classes each month, so it does help me that way and I can duplicate them. Sometimes, I just don’t feel all that inspired. I search and search Pinterest for Ideas; but sometimes they just all look the same. Nothing seems to inspire me.

I want to try so many crafts and things but I get so stumped as where to start. Stark white paper stares back at me and makes me want to scream sometimes. I journal, I blog, I make cards, scrapbooks, paint, clay, crochet and any other type of crafty stuff I can get into. I love it. I just want to know how to get started sometimes.

Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to face up to the fact that I will need to face up to that blank sheet and imagine more. 🙂