Painting Away the Winter Blues
I know many are tiring of winter finally. All the “oh the snow is so pretty” has turned into sighs at the dreary days.
I hear ya! I am one of those who is sick of winter when it starts.
Flowers make me happy so when winter comes and I cannot garden or walk among my flowers I have to paint them.
White Hydrangeas with Blue Delphs.
This year I am learning a “new to me” style. Impressionism. The instructor uses oils but I am using acrylics to start as that is what I am familiar with.
Red Tulips in Vase
Coming from a decorative painting back ground I must admit I have to restrain myself from making things tidier or with sharp edges.
Below is an under painting I gave up on of sunflowers, daisies and geraniums.
Below is one sunflower painting I actually finished. I now have another under my belt and I will share that one another time.
Sunflowers with Delphiniums.
The secret to these paintings is pushing through the ugly stage. There is a stage where you want to throw in the towel because you figure there is no way you are going to make it look good. But just keep on painting and the beauty of it starts to emerge.
Red Poppies in the Field.
Most of my canvas’s I have finished are about 12″ x 12″ or smaller.
I need to go bigger. They will have much more impact in larger sizes.
Happy Daisies in Blue Vase
My one and only landscape so far is a total flop but a great learning experience.
So if you have wondered where I have been and why I have not added any new tutorials lately, this is why. I have been busy expanding my painting knowledge and I do that better by immersion. Just sink myself into it and paint, paint paint.
With my decorative painting, I don’t even have to think about it anymore. I can just do it, I get an idea in my head and I paint it. Learning something new takes concentration and time, but I hear it builds brain cells, which is a plus for me.
Now I am testing out oil paints. I am finding it a whole new ball game but enjoyable even if they are a little stinky.
So how are you getting through the blah days of winter?