My mom paints and she is good at the style she likes, my favorite is barns and farms, mountains and streams and such. I admire her ability very much.
When I painted, I did watercolor and I do a funky abstract style based on nature in different forms. I did take watercolor lessons to learn how to fix issues, how to paint within and how to properly use light and shadow.
Painting made me a better photo taker and this style of painting made me a micro photo nut.. because one of the challenges is to see the world at the micro level, take the picture of it and then use it as the base of the painting.
I put down my painting 17 years ago when everything in my world focused on my daughter Maeve and her birth, and death and then years of trying and then my son’s and his birth and death as a neonatal baby.
The other day I was showing a dear friend a few photo from both NWT and Nunavut and in it, was a picture I had taken of sand.. Sand that the water had painted into a landscape with a big tree on one side and a hint of mountain on the other. Its a stunning photo..
I painted that photo so many years ago and it made me look at it and then huh..
It perked for a few days and then it firmed up and I decided that yes, its time to pick up the brush again.
I expect that I am in for a bit of shock in loss of skills over the years.. use it or lose it..
I will just have to work on it regular and I am sure that it will come back to me.. I lost my painting book in the last move, I left it up north as part of a art program. Thankfully I found it on amazon at a second hand store and ordered it. It should arrive first week of may. It will be very helpful to have the same book to work with as last time
But I could not help but notice that the style of painting has new books available, back in the early 90’s, that single book I had from 1984 was considered the bible for that type an style.. now there are two or three more artists that have books out related. I only picked up the second hand one but I put 8 others on the wish list.
I thought about putting up a picture of the style, but nope.. you are going to just have to wait for me to do my first painting again.. I have it all planned in my head, we will see how easy that is to get onto the paper..