One year ago I started painting and drawing again. While I have had spurts of doing art as an adult, I never have spent this much continuous time creating. It feels great that painting and drawing have become a part of my daily life! Often when I find myself stressed or anxious, an hour or two of painting or drawing usually eases my worries.
I also started my Etsy shop, which was pretty intimidating, but I feel like I’ve got the hang of it now. It’s also a great feeling whenever someone buys something from my shop. It’s a great honor to think that someone is enjoying my artwork in their own home.
I’ve also been experimenting mostly with acrylic and watercolors. My favorite paintings so far have been creating abstract art. It seemed intimidating at first but I really loved the pieces that I’ve created.
Besides painting on canvas, I’ve also painted wine glasses and wine bottles. Of course I’ve also been drawing and sketching as well. In some ways I feel like maybe I should focus on one medium, but I’m also having too much fun to pick just one.
When I think about the past year I’m really happy to see what I’ve created. I’m also excited to think about what the future holds. I’m gaining confidence and am ready to go bigger and bolder!
I also want to thank everyone who has supported my endeavors this past year! Sometimes it can be discouraging to put your heart and soul out there and wonder if anyone is watching. Whenever I have doubts, someone has always given me a boost and encouraged me to keep creating!
Thank you for reading and I’m excited for what’s next!
During the past few weeks I have been attempting some abstract painting. The idea of creating abstract paintings had been on my mind for a while, but I found it to be intimidating. Where do I start? What would I make? I find painting objects or animals much easier. After all I have a image or shape in my mind when I paint those things. For an abstract painting I have no idea what I’m going to paint and that seemed intimidating in itself.
For my first painting I selected various shades of blue. Blue is my favorite color so I thought it might be easy to make something appealing out of that color.
I used a small 10” x 10” canvas for my first attempt and was quite pleased with the result. I first painted horizontal stripes with various shades of blue. I let that paint dry and then began layering with horizontal and vertical strokes. I also added some white to the painting to add depth. I was quite pleased with the end result!
For this painting I used various shades of pink along with white and gold. I decided to use only vertical brush strokes. I used the same technique of painting stripes letting them dry and then going back and adding in more stripes. The second layer I moved my brush quickly as I wanted everything to blend together. I love the soothing feel of this painting.
I repeated the technique above from my blue painting for a larger 16”x20” blue gray and white painting. This time I worked in small segments or patches to achieve the desired look.
And I used this technique again for a nuetral color painting using white, black, gray and gold paint.
I again applied this technique to my most recent painting of the Pittsburgh skyline. I used Pittsburgh colors, black, white and yellow to achieve the effect.
I have really enjoyed attempting these abstract painting. They have given me a lot of freedom while going through the creative process. I’m looking forward to doing more abstract paintings in the future and trying out new techniques.