Hey! Just wanted to give a little update on the projects I've been working on lately. I am super stoked about them and I can't wait to continue with these styles.
Before jumping into it, I want you to tell yourself this and remember it next time you do art.
If you hate your painting, pick three things you love about it. Focus on those three things. You are good at that!
First I'll tell you about the new medium and style I've been learning. For the last year or so I've loved chunky oil paintings. The texture and colors are my favorite. There are a few painters I am in love with their work, and I really wanted to try the style of abstract flowers. So almost exactly a year ago I gave it a shot when Gavin, my husband, got me an easel and oil paints for my birthday.
I had no idea what I was doing. What could go wrong?
Famous last words. I sucked at it. I was a little discouraged about it after a few paintings when I realized how hard it really was. So I did what any aspiring artist would do... just kidding, I gave up. I am horrible about just wanting to be good at something right away and giving up when I'm not good at it right away.
So about a year later I just couldn't handle how much I loved those abstract flowers. I tried again. I bought more paint, and just went for it. I had been staring at other people's work for the last year and thought I knew what I was doing wrong.
And I actually did it! I was super happy with my first one which was a bouquet. My problem before and still is that I am too picky and a perfectionist about it. I think that's why I'm good at the line drawings. They are stark lines that I can copy.
When it comes to abstract and flowers, it's hard to add colors you don't instinctively think should go there, try not to correct flaws, and sometimes just smudge things around.
I had to start over. A lot.
I scrapped off a few flowers, smushed over paintings, and had a lot of "this is stupid" feelings while I worked. But the great thing about paint is that you can do that! You can start over and just keep trying.
Then I went for my next one, the giant one. And again I love it! I was so unsure and really wasn't very confident about any part of the process but the feedback I got was incredible. Something I learned in elementary school that has always stuck with me, the best advice I've ever heard about painting is this: