Painting is aimed at the guts and heart… Seeing is not only eyesight.Colin McCahon, quoted in How to look at a painting
I got the book Little Ways to Learn Acrylics from the library, and it’s brilliant. 50 small projects, in different styles, that start very simple and get progressively harder.
I asked my kids to each pick a painting from it that they’d like me to paint for them, and this is the first one, for my youngest daughter. I didn’t achieve the smooth graduation that’s shown in the book, but I actually kinda like how the sea turned out.
The next two paintings, for my older kids, are significantly harder, but I’m looking forward to attempting them—and some of the other projects in the book.
To have reached the age of forty without ever handling a brush or fiddling with a pencil, to have regarded with mature eye the painting of pictures of any kind as a mystery, to have stood agape before the chalk of the pavement artist, and then suddenly to find oneself plunged in the middle of a new and intense form of interest and action with paints and palettes and canvases, and not to be discouraged by results, is an astonishing and enriching experience.Winston Churchill, from Painting as a Pastime, via Draw Paint Academy
I’ve been reading a bit about colour theory and had a go at creating my first colour wheels. The wheel on the left is based on my warm primaries, and the one on the right is based on my cool primaries. You can see I completely stuffed up some (most?) of the mixing, especially along the bottom of the right-hand wheel, where two of the colours look nearly black. But it was a worthwhile exercise, one I’ll revisit.
I’m excited to say, I bought some decent (Schmincke Akademie acrylic) paints today—along with some gesso, new brushes, and other bits and pieces to move my painting forward. Can’t wait to try out the new colours!