Back when I was a kid and classes took a regular trip to the room with paint-splattered tables, I remember loving acrylic paint: the smell, the feel of it messing up my hands, the smoothness with which it colored the canvas. But I remember the medium not liking me very much. Even as a wee artist, I knew I didn’t have the best sense of proportion, shading, or dimension, though I couldn’t name these terms yet.
Yesterday, I took an acrylic painting class at Art Uncorkd in Whippany, New Jersey. I walked in and found it was a nice, small gallery space with a custom framing section and plenty of room for a painting class You’re even allowed to bring a snack and some beer/wine if you like!
I decided to do something a little different. I essentially cut the picture in half and only painted the right half (all of those fish were intimidating!). At first, I thought I messed up right off the bat because my light half circle of water in the middle was not blending in to well with the rest of the color I put down. But the instructor gave me some tips to smooth it out. The rest of the class and painting all the fishies was a lot of fun!
When I first sat down in front of my blank canvas, I was prepared to create something that, while fun to paint, wouldn’t live up to my perfectionist expectations. But for the first time, I pleasantly surprised myself! Here is my finished product:
What is something new (or old) you have tried recently? Did you like the results?