When I started out trying to paint, I was convinced someone could instruct me, I spent lots of time trawling through the internet and looking at books.
This term at my art class I was set a project to paint a self portrait from a set of instructions, with materials all mapped out, a step by step guide, just what i had been looking for.
Not sure it was that successful just confirming what I now know, painting by numbers is a good way to learn but you need to find your own way.
Seems like I have taken forever painting this picture, I am putting it down as finished and going to start another project. Makes me think I should have couple of things on the go at one time but this might just bring even more confusion to my muddled brain.
So for now it’s coming down off my easel and here’s for a new beginning whatever that might be!
Back at art-class for the second half of the term and we are painting on canvas, I have tried acrylic paper and canvas boards but actual canvas is yet another level. I am learning the surface you paint on is as important as the paint and the brushes you choose to use.
Open subject, so I selected a self-portrait and the style of Peter Howson one of my favourite artists.
Had a couple of goes at painting this, not going to post the red mess that was my first attempt. This is a little better getting the process in my head work all over the picture, starting with the darks and slowly adding the layers of detail.
Told you there was no order to this, this is an early attempt last year 2014 at using acrylics, painted on acrylic paper from one of my original photo art pictures.