I decided to take up painting as a hobby. For just under $30, I bought a small easel, canvas, paints, and a few other supplies. I was terrible in art class back in high school, but I think I have more patience now than I did then. So I figure if I can paint a halfway decent landscape, or even a happy little cloud, I’ll consider it all money well spent.
Tonight I began by trying to follow along with a Youtube tutorial, and I think I did okay. It’s a very simple sky, some mountains, grass, and I don’t know…could that be a lake? Sure. We’ll call it a lake.
I’ve decided to name all my paintings “This Might Be…” and then whatever it is I tried to make. This one is called “This Might Be Mountains and a Lake.” I think it fits.
I showed my painting to a couple friends and they were complimentary. That gave me the confidence to try my hand at a tree. It did not work out. I started with the trunk, and it was way thicker than I wanted. My paint was not going on the canvas right, which made me want to force the brushstrokes, and that made the trunk even wider still. So then I tried to make the branches proportional, and that looked even worse. So I just slapped some leaves on, then thought it would be a good idea to add some orange. I don’t know why, but it was yet another mistake. Look upon my tree and weep.
Finally, in disgust, I painted the entire thing black so I wouldn’t have to look at it anymore. That photo is the only evidence that it ever existed.
Not a bad first night, I guess. A small, but decent landscape that I am pleased with. And a giant black void over what was once the world’s ugliest tree. I think I’ll stick with landscapes tomorrow.
Just call me Blob Ross.