I Decided To Take Up Painting

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.


2 thoughts on “I Decided To Take Up Painting

  1. Well, you know what they say. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I liked the tree. Don’t be so hard on yourself, I think you are on to something and may have found a hobby worth perusing.

    • I definitely enjoy it. I moved on to trees that are long and whose branches are out of sight haha. Thank you!

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