January 25, 2011

Monarch Butterfly

"Monarch Butterfly"
9"x12" Acrylic on canvas panel

I painted this for the  Paint and draw together monthly challenge.

I really enjoyed the challenge, it was great to have a deadline for the completion, and seeing how other people painted the same subject.
Of course the painting did not come out the way I had it in my head, but it's different in a good way.  The most difficult part was to render the light/shade effect, especially on the sticks and the leaves. Overall, I have to admit it's not bad for a beginner. :)

January 24, 2011

Inspiration, My Second Painting

Colorful Landscape Painting
18"x24"    Acrylic on canvas panel


I found my inspiration for my second painting on the cover of the "Acrylic Artist" magazine: a painting by Mark Gould, "My neighbor's house 832".  I loved the colors and the composition of Mark's piece, with the hilly path going to the horizon and the sharp homes that contrast the natural landscape. I tried to replicate the same feelings on my canvas. I really enjoyed experimenting with color. :)
I hope one day I'll be able to take a landscape scene and make as colorful and interesting as this one all on my own, without having to copy another artist.  - Hey, did I just referred to myself as an artist?

Acrylic Artist magazine cover

January 23, 2011

The beginning - my first painting

Butterfly painting for my daughter's bedroom
16"x12"  Acrylic on canvas
I painted this for my daughter's bedroom, inspired by a similar one I saw in a store.

Many times, my whole life, I have been thinking "I could do this, copy it just the same." when I saw an artwork.
This time it was my girl that saw an artwork that she wanted for her room, and I said "Honey, I can do that for you, and we can savev the money."
It was one of those life changing moments. Because it was kind of a promise to my daughter, I actually did it.
I broke the ice, got an old canvas I had in the house, on which my son had doodled with some paint, and I painted it pink, then I drew and painted the butterfly, grass, and ladybugs.
I added some sparkles for the fun of it.
My first official painting, and she loved it! :)