Did that title capture your attention? If you’re wondering if it’s okay to cheat in your relationship, the answer is no. Always no. Don’t do it. However, you can relax, I’m not here to give relationship advice.
Now onto something I feel slightly more comfortable talking about.
When it comes to painting, I often feel like I am “cheating”. I don’t know the rules of art because I’ve never had any education in it. Perhaps this is why I feel like a fraud calling myself an artist. “Real” artists studied art. I just kind of dabbled with it my whole life and found things that work for me. I actually get really nervous talking to anyone who has any type of formal art training because I feel like I have no credibility and therefore no idea what I’m talking about. I assume that most of the stuff I say/do makes them cringe.
In this post and the next one, I’ll show you how I got to my most recent finished painting with the help of my cringe-worthy “technique.”
1. I don’t plan my paintings in advance.
I sometimes have a general idea of what I want it to look like in the end, but very rarely. Most paintings start with me painting a background and then assuming I’ll come back to it one day and decide what to do next. I’m pretty sure “real” artists sketch out the whole painting and paint in a more orderly fashion as they go. Way less waste of paint and time that way.
2. I mix colors on the actual canvas instead of on a palette.
I usually use a palette knife to do the background and literally slap paint right onto the canvas. I just scoop it out of the bottle with the palette knife (or squirt it if it’s a small tube) and move it around until it looks somewhat pleasing to the eye. I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to mix the colors on a palette then apply them to the canvas.
3. I use tracing paper.
Yes, you read that right. ALL THE TIME! See this violin, and how it’s symmetrical… well thank you tracing paper. I drew half, traced it, cut it out, flipped it over, and traced it again. Voila. Symmetry.
4. I Google search images of things I want to paint.
I can’t just visualize certain things in my head. Far from it. So I rely on Google Images. For example, I knew I wanted to paint a violin, but do you honestly think I’ve ever touched one, let alone seen one, in real life? Nope.
5. I paint on my lap, on the floor, at my kitchen table, at my desk…
…yet I have a giant, gorgeous easel taking up the majority of my tiny apartment! No specific reason for this, sometimes I just feel like it. This is especially true for smaller paintings. I prefer to rest my hand on the painting instead of sitting upright with a paintbrush. However, I always regret this when I get up and have aches in my back and knees from sitting on the ground hunched over. Can’t win em all!
… I’m going to end this post here for today since it’s getting pretty long and I’d hate to bore you to tears.
Come back soon for the rest of this list, as well as the finished painting.
I’m curious, do you think less of my “talent” now? Or if you are an artist, do any of these things make you cringe? Be honest!!!