I recently went through this problem (and its not the first time) where I want to paint like someone else. I saw this woman's paintings (Painted Sky) and I thought of how much I loved them. I really like the surreal paintings. But I also really like paintings that are abstract as well! (Paintings by TAB) Well I am more of a realist painter I guess. At least that is where I always look to. So I decided that I wanted to try to paint something in a surrealist style. I started it out and I got this far - A sky and some ground. Well my plan was to put this hanging dead crow but I couldn't vision it. It was just going to hang from no where in the sky but then I started to think of it realistically as to where would I put the shadow and where would the shadow meet with the ground to show that its not right in front.. Anyways the more that I did this the more I saw this painting in my mind - as my style and no longer in a surrealist way. I became frustrated. I got so frustrated that I walked away. I was bitchy and impatient with everyone around me after that. I sat down and decided to watch a movie. The movie that came on was some Thomas Kinkade story. It was not that great of a movie honest but I watched it. His mentor (Glen Wessler??) said something to him about painting what he loves and not what others love even when it seems like he should. Or at least that is what I heard! He could have said something else entirely. Either way it triggered something in my head. I decided that the reason why I love these paintings so much is not because I want to paint them but its because I LOVE ART. I love all kinds of art. The reason I can't paint this type of art is because I am not a surrealist. I am not an impressionist. I am more of a realist painter. So why on earth would I want to paint something that I am not? Today I feel so much better and I am happier to get back to the way I was painting before I thought I could paint this crow. XOXO
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Right now I am trying to go through my phone and take off pictures I really don't need on there. If they are not going on instagram they I am going to put them here! I rounded up some of the cute things I made crocheting -
I wasn't sure how that picture was going to come out. I used the photo grid app and it would have been better if I filled it up a little more! NOTE TO SELF.
Lets see.. what else do I have on here??
My Finger sword.
Me and my puppy..
My son is weird.
FLowers in a glass.
My other kitty. She is a little more relaxed than the other one!
And those are some of the pictures on my phone! Well that was fun!
As soon as I was finished with my last painting - I started another. This is also of a dog. This dog however has passed on. He belonged to a very special woman in my life. She is what I call my "other mother". She has been there for me and loved me and my kids since I was 16. She owns a huge piece of my heart! She heard a puppy wining and crying in her backyard one day and he was there. So small. Someone had just left him in their yard hoping they would keep him. And they did. He grew up one of the most spoiled dogs ever!
Here is just an updated picture of it. It should be done but I took a week off from working on it. Shame. :) The colors are very bright in this picture. I have not figured out what I want to do with the background yet. If I am going to leave it as it is or if I will put in a landscape. I will have to think about it. :)