It’s no secret that I miss the beach. The ocean. The sound of the surf. The feel of the sand beneath my feet. Sometimes it’s like a physical pain.
I know that sounds silly. Don’t judge me.
Silly or not, however, I was recently mooning over some of the ocean-y paintings at Etsy and wishing I could afford some of them to bedeck my walls, when the thought occured to me that p’raps I could paint some my ownself!
Since I am the sort of person who never listens to those nagging, doubtful voices of doom and despair (heh. yeah. right), I chose to ignore the uprising of you never had a single lesson! and you don’t know the first thing about painting! sorts of thoughts, and went rummaging through my closets until I found a few odd canvasses lying about.
I also had quite the assortment of acrylic paints in my cupboards, so all I had to do was augment with a few more $0.99 bottles from Hobby Lobby and I was all set to become the next idiot-savant artist (emphasis on idiot).
I started with a couple of 5″ X 7″ canvasses, and just sat right at my desk with several internet windows open to finished paintings of the type I was lusting after for inspiration. It took me a couple of hours to complete each one, but I would be lying if I said I was not chuffed to bits at the results.
(click to see larger, if you wanna)
The top one is called “The Caribbean” and the bottom is called “The Atlantic”. I really like how one of the clouds in the top painting turned out looking somewhat squiddy.
They are hardly professional quality. They are quite amateurish. But they’re mine. I created them! And so I’m inordinately fond of them. I slapped a coat of mod-podge on each one to protect it from sneezes and peanut-buttery fingers, and put them on my kitchen windowsill.
Bolstered with confidence, I then tackled a rather large canvas I had. It’s 2′ x 3′, I think. Besides the ocean, I’m fascinated with clouds, so I decided to try to paint a really impressive storm cloud over the ocean. This was a lot more difficult than I anticipated…the larger scale seemed to demand perfection, so I put it up several times over the course of many days and would just study it…trying to decide what was wrong and what was right. I also consulted lots of other paintings, and spent a lot of time gazing at real, honest to goodness clouds in the sky outside my house.
Finally I decided to stop futzing around with it and just call it good instead of perfect. And it is good, or at least good enough for me. Although I coated it with mod-podge like the others just to insure that I would stop “improving” it.
So there you go. My offering for DIY Day over at Kimba’s A Soft Place To Land. I cannot tell you how therapeutic it is to just give yourself permission to play with paint once in a while (painting your baseboards does not count)! Please do pop over to Kimba’s place and check out all the fabulous creativity going on…you’ll be inspired!