11 January 2007

Painting


A few years back, I taught myself how to draw. My objective was to be able to sketch a face that looks reasonably like the face I was doing the sketch from. It was a lot of fun, and I eventually got fairly decent at it... and once I hit that point, as is my habit, I set the pencils aside and moved on to other things.

I've always wanted to learn to paint - and even went so far as to buy a bunch of brushes, paints, books, etc right around the time I was doing the sketching. I dabbled with the paints for a little while, but not very much (particularly compared to the pencil sketches). Pencils were just so much easier to carry around. Eventually, all my painting stuff all got misplaced or put away and generally forgotten.

In 2007, I'm going to re-engage with the paint. Watercolors, to be precise (and I seldom am). Now that I've got an office with a door that closes, I'm planning to spend at least one lunch-break each week, playing around and seeing what sort of marks I can make on the paper. The above shot is one of my first attempts.

6 comments:

Mark said...

Hey, where'd my comment go?

Oh, well - I must have not saved it... but in a nutshell, I said "nice painting! When are you going to start illustrating your own books? (NaNoIlluMo?)"

Michelle said...

Sounds like fun! I think everyone should try a new creative endeavor each year. Hmmm . . . off to figure out what mine will be . . .

Deb said...

Nice work of art, Dan. You sure have all sorts of talents, writer, painter, juggler, fire eater, balloon maker, and on and on.

Dan said...

Thanks everyone! I'll keep playing with the paint and will occasionally put up more examples.

Kim said...

I ditto Mark with "Nice Painting!" Very nice use of color. :)

Dan said...

Thanks!