I have been a student of so many things over my arty journey thus far. Let’s see…. watercolor, alcohol markers, colored pencils, oils, pastels, inks, charcoal, and lastly…acrylic *gasp*. I’m only gasping because I all but gave up on acrylic painting, claiming I preferred watercolor. I seriously put allllll of my acrylic painting materials away for months! I did this because I realized I sucked at it. I could make it work, but with way too much frustration.
I am self taught, everything I learn is trial and error. I have nobody standing over my work to say… hey, you could of skipped 15 of those steps and gotten the same outcome. Which.. I apologize to all the beautiful people who attended my paint nights, my struggle definitely became your struggle… and I couldn’t even explain why I was painting it this way… just do what I do 😂. I put you through a lot of painting, then covering with more paint, and then covering all that. Uggg! No wonder I burned out!
Over this long journey I became a student values, not like getting things on sale, but the value of a color from its lightest form to it’s darkest form. Something has finally clicked in my head because this is not new information, I have heard it, read about it, watched other people practice it FOR YEARS! Finally I understand it.. and I put it to use! Do you know what happens when you get your values right?? Your paintings become less flat, it’s the art of properly placing darks, mid tones, and highlights. I have a painting that I’m not quite finished with, but I want to share her. I want to document this milestone in my arty life.
Here she is, done in acrylics and on cotton canvas *gasp*, I also swore off canvas as well 😂😂😂
So, with this milestone marked, I have another fundamental building block that I would like to invite from my subconscious to my conscience… plan a damn piece already!! Freakin draw something, work out the kinks in the composition, do a color study, and THEN paint it. I know once this skill becomes my practice, I will grow leaps and bounds!!
Can’t wait to see the works to come!
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