Summer breaks for a teacher is time to relax and let go. It is time to unwind and laze around. For me it was quite the opposite. A colleague once said Tara runs around New York like a crazy person!! But it’s not all I did. I caught up going to Michaels and doing a bunch of crafts. Painting is a perfect winter indoor project as well.
A few summers ago, I decided I wanted to paint. I had never painted. Actually, strike that. I had painted when I was a child before I had to grow up and study for exams. All I remember from then is I got to have fun and play with color.
I loved color. I still do!
I bought a cheap set of acrylic colors . You know the kind you get in Walmart- Some 24 small canvas and got to work. I already had the brushes and palette.
Now, I had to draw before I began painting! Noooo!! I really don’t know how to. Besides, it doesn’t appeal to me. It’s all black and white!
Eureka! I chose a color heavy picture and enlarged it to the size of this canvas. Like a little kid, I held up the canvas to teh screen and tried to draw the horizon and kind of traced the women. Mental note to self– Buy graphite paper!!!!
A few hours of intense painting and viola! I had my first acrylic painting. Ohhh!! I was so pleased with myself. My husband’s response to it was oh! I love how you have your mark on it, with shadowless trees! I have to give it to him. That was the best way of pointing out my error! ?
Here is the final fixed version.
So! If you like color and ever thought about painting, just go out and do it! It’s not that hard once you begin.
Things you will need:
- A few brushes. You can either buy a set of cheap ones or invest in some good brushes.
I began with 5 basic ones:
– Number 12 short handle filbert.
– Number 8 Round (and pointed)
– Number 2 round
– Number 12 flat
– Number 14 flat
- Paints. I began with a cheap set of 24 colors, but I have been told by some Jersey City artists that the essential colors are:
– Titanium white
– Ivory black
– cadmium yellow
– yelow ochre
– pure orange
– raw sienna
– raw umber
– burnt umber
– burnt sienna
– cadmium red
– alizarin crimson
– dioxanzine purple
– phthalo blue
– phthalo green
- A basic palette. I began with a white paper plate.
- A cup to hold water.
- A 8″x 10″ stretched canvas.
Really any canvas, any shape works. But I like the stretched ones so I can simply hang it up when I am done without worrying about a frame.
- Some paper towels to clean up your mess.
- A surface to spread your paints and canvas on.
I laid down an old bathroom curtain and spread my stuff on it. It takes care of spills.
Hope you get to paint.
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