I’m not an artist. As you read in this post here I got kicked out of art class. However when I moved here there is this restaurant we often go to and on the walls they have these paintings that are for sale. There is this one which is just blue (the ocean) with a white sort of line across the middle of it (a breaking wave) and I kept saying to the other half – I reckon I could paint that. It’s selling for $350 but I don’t think anyone is buying. ;)
However if I could paint something similar I’d like to put it on my wall and if I enjoy doing it and can manage it a lot cheaper then heck, maybe I’ll take up painting. There’s another one that is just completely black and about halfway down it has red, orange, and yellow blobs meant to be representing flowers. That one I’m pretty sure I can make a painting like it.
But always for me when I am painting it seems like some kind of psychological test. Probably because of my art class issues. When I started painting this today the voice in my head just kept saying “How do you feel about this” “Are you enjoying this” “If you’re not enjoying this why are you doing this” you know, that negative little voice that tries to tell you to quit before you’ve even really started. That continued the whole time I was painting the blue – then I painted the black at the top, and then…
I had purple and I wanted to try to blend the blue into the black with a line of purple, you know how it happens at sunset sometimes. I was mixing the purple and blue together and it made that darker color you see just below the black and somehow I got lost in what I was doing.
No more asking questions, no more negativity, just kind of like when I used to color in those squares and see what colors the pencils were. Then once I had met the darker purple with the blue, I went back over with a lighter purple where the horizon would probably be, to lighten it up a bit. It just started to look really good to me.
I don’t know anything about art, I don’t even know how to use the materials I have actually. I just kind of make it up as I go along. But I ended up enjoying this. I’m not done with this painting, there’s more work to do when it dries and I think I will let it dry overnight and then take another look at it because the blue part probably needs going over again, and I have never seen a black sky so I want to try and put some dark blue over that to lighten it up a little bit.
But for a first effort it isn’t bad and maybe if I get some classes and find out what the heck I should be doing, I might enjoy painting as a new hobby. As long as they don’t kick me out. ;)