I have always been a rule-follower. I don't like breaking the rules, I like knowing where I stand, and I don't like upsetting people.
But somewhere along the line, I came across art journaling, mixed media, Tangie Baxter, Christy Tomlinson, Donna Downey, and so many more, who threw the rulebooks out the window, and encouraged me to do the same. [In fact, I read an interview with Teesha Moore that said that very thing--she actually hates rules]. I learned that this was one "safe" realm where I didn't have to follow any rule I wanted, and it was so freeing!
So the irony is, by creating that "safe zone" for myself, I
actually gave myself my own rules. I never tried to paint or draw
anything that looked remotely real. I was afraid that the "true" artists would come and yell at me
for not having proper technique, for not using the right
paint/paper/etc. They all know color theory, anatomy, perspective, etc, and I have never taken a true art class, so I know very little.
There are a lot of things artists will say not to do/to do. I know there may be a right/wrong way to do some things, but what's going to happen if I don't follow the rules? What if I use cheap craft paint?
What if I use the wrong type of paper or brush? What if I do my shadows the wrong way?
The worst that can happen is I end up with a big mess that looks like crap, I suppose. I will have "wasted" time and materials. But oh well! At this point in my life, art is a hobby, something I enjoy. And if I enjoy it and I don't know the real rules, OH WELL! Maybe later I will take more time to learn them, but for not, I am having more fun not worrying about fancy rules and just doing whatever I want.
All that being said, the other reason that I've never tried fine art
is that I was afraid I would suck at it. I'm the type of person who
hates failing at something, and pathetically gives up when I don't get
it fast enough. I know that that's an awful way to be, so I have been
trying to overcome it.
So, when I saw a newsletter from Craftsy recently that advertised a free acrylic painting course, I jumped on it. I watched the first few videos, and the teacher made it look so easy, I thought that I really might have a shot at doing this! (I have also attended a couple of those "wine and canvas" events that seem to be everywhere these days...you follow instructions to make a painting while relaxing with your girlfriends and sometimes drinking wine) So I have been trying my hand at painting lately. I
read somewhere that it takes drawing/painting about 100 faces to start
being very good at it. I don't know what number I'm at by now, but I can
see a true progression at this point.
You can judge me for not following the "art rules" if you want, I don't really care. I just want to show others out there that it is worth giving it a shot. If I never tried, I wouldn't get any better.
Ok, rambling over. I want to show you what I've been working on!
First, let me remind you of some previous painting attempts I have posted on here before (notice they are all firmly in the "mixed media" realm due to the really crazy backgrounds they have)
They're not horrible, but the first two especially lack any depth at all. The last two, I made more recently and they are starting to look a bit better.
So here's what I have done in the past few weeks...
If it helps put it in perspective, here's the magazine photo I was basing her off of:
I will keep trying and post updates in the coming months!