Monday, August 3, 2009

12 by 12

An artist friend of mine, Mary, recently asked me to participate in a 12 by 12 show. 12 local artist would create artwork on a 12 by 12 canvas. Sometime in September, we will have a show.

Sounds great. Right? Except I've never really painted. So what to do? Mary assured me that if I could paint with my camera, I could paint on canvas too. It was just a different medium.

She told me to buy some canvas and practice. She even offered to give me painting lessons. She told me where to buy the canvas from but I got overwhelmed when I went to the website. So many choices! What to do?

So she sent me a link to the exact canvas she wanted me to buy. I ordered 5.

Paint was next. Do you know how many choices there are? Ridiculous! And everything was so expensive! Oye.

So I dragged my other friend Carol to the art supply store. I have to admit that I complained a lot during the whole time. Everything was ridiculously expensive. Nevertheless, I came home with some paint.

So there you go. You heard it first here. I am going to paint. And it is going to be part of an exhibit. A show. When I told my mother, she burst out laughing. We laughed until we were crying.

Yesterday I started on my first piece. I applied an orange base coat to a canvas. I rather enjoyed it. I would hang it on my wall as is. But no. There are textures to apply and even more paint. So I'll keep working on it. And report my progress.

If you've never tried painting, I suggest you get some supplies and go for it. It is fun.

PS: Don't put the paint cleaner in a plastic cup. That would be stupid. In 3 minutes, the plastic will dissolve.


BLOGitse said...

Painting IS fun! I'm not good but i like it! Watercolors are nice too...and coal and...

mythopolis said...

How exciting!! Are these oil paints? Would love to see the results!!

Carol said...

She's doing acrylics because they are faster to dry.

Painting is a lot of fun. I wish I could do it more. Unfortunately, for me, when it comes down to the wire, photography always wins, since it's faster, but I do wish I could paint more.

Hey, Scriber's, maybe you can bug me enough to make me paint more?!?

mythopolis said...

Painting on photos can be fun.

Scriber's Web said...

Blogitse: Yep I am having a lot of fun. Not sure if anything good will come out of it:)

Mythos: Like Carol said, they are acrylics. Nothing much to see right now except base paint. But I'll keep you posted:)

Carol: Thanks! I want a 12 by 12 completed by August 31st. Ok? And send me weekly status:)

Nicole said...

I guess the picture shows the dissolved plastic cup?