Painting – A Reawakening

It has been years since I finished a painting for myself. I’ve made small, random pieces for friends and family. Mostly nerdy things like Pokémon or comic book stuff. Don’t get me wrong, they’re enjoyable to paint and the happiness they give makes it worth it.

They weren’t for me though. I had no inclination to paint them outside a request or gift idea. There was no magic in their making or the sweet indescribable feeling one gets when creating for the sake of creation.

After some much needed encouragement from my fiancé and many of you amazing followers, I painted tonight. Not for an Etsy commission, not for a gift to anyone, just for me. Just because the image in my head was one I wanted to see in real life.

I scrambled to get my painting gear together and hauled up to the office. It’s all nicely organized (the first major indicator that they don’t get enough love, I mean what painter is organized?). I poured a glass of moscato and some jelly beans onto a plate, donned my headset playing some of my favorite music (The Jabberwocky by Erutan to start with), and started.

I could not for the life of me decide what to make. Cottage in the woods? Eh, not feeling like trying to draw perspective lines. Geeky tribute, too much self-inflicted pressure to meet fandom expectations (for those unfamiliar with the word Fandom – it refers to the fans of particular fantasy, sci-if, or generally geeky media like Harry Potter or Dr. Who). Just woods? Ok, yes that sounds pleasant and doable!

I fished out my browns and greens from the buckets of paint and got started! It turns out that after two or so years of neglect, acrylic paint starts to turn into colorful gelatin rather than a nice creamy consistency. Thankfully mixing water remedied the situation well enough!

I have two brands of paint I used and found out that I have the exact same shade of brown with different names! Very neat but made creating trees of different colors difficult.

I decided to stick with a very abstract idea and build from that. I was thinking a forest with trees overlapping one another of all different species. Nothing like this would survive in real life and I liked the idea of making something a little unrealistic.

I really actually loved this stage of the painting. It reminds me of a log cabin with all the colors and lines or of a wood staining project done with varying shades. I wanted to add some greens in though to make the illusion of a forest more apparent.

I also wanted to add fairies in and forest orbs. I’m not very skilled at orbs yet with the whole transparent and only just visible but catching enough to draw attention aspect. I’m going to try to capture that look more in future paintings. I wanted to stay simple tonight.

Upon opening my white paint though I was sad to see it had seen its last days long before tonight. I’ll admit I used it well but I was sad to see the last bits were unobtainable. Goodbye sweet white stallion of paints. I have also never painted with long nails (I usually break them but somehow haven’t yet! Knock on wood). I didn’t realize how grubby my nails would get!

I settled for yellow and a sparkling blue color for my fairies. They look more like fireflies but I suppose the effect is the same! I couldn’t get my yellow to stay opaque without doing 5-6 layers. The best part though was using my favorite brush! It’s itsy bitsy!

I added in the final touches, making sure the little fairies were shining and bright and that no white from the canvas was visible. When it was all said and done here was the final result!!

It’s really simple but I had a fantastic time painting it and fell in love with the design after I finished it. Taking it slow and easy as I dive into the more hands-on artistic side of myself again. ❤️

Thanks to everyone who is encouraging me and for reading my post!!

Have you tried anything new or out of the ordinary lately? Do you enjoy any hobbies? I’d love to hear all about it below!

22 thoughts on “Painting – A Reawakening

      1. I love looking at pictures imagining the back story! I used to tell my kids stories about pictures in our house (One Kandinsky print in particular) This one has the fairies having a bonfire and making s’mores in a clearing behind the trees, that’s why it looks light between the trees – they’re all on sugar highs because chocolate is bad for fairies so there’s endless fairy shenanigan stories here!

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  1. Thank you for sharing.
    This is beautiful !
    I have been dabbling with expression myself… I got paints, an easel as well as clay (just in case I felt the need to really get my hands really into my expression) and for some reason sketching has come out on top for now… It’s really therapeutic to get lost in myself in this way.
    Blessings to you xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like it.

      I love using creative outlets as a form of therapy. There’s something special about making things to cope with challenges. That’s awesome you found one that works for you well!

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you like it. I agree, you definitely should! I think anyone who enjoys painting should give it some more love and attention. There’s never enough art in the world. ❤️

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  2. That’s really nice! I’m always impressed when I see things like this. Made me a really nice stick figure once. Not sure what happened to the post-it note I drew it on. I love all forms of creative expression, but never got the hang of painting. Maybe someday I’ll try again. I think my next goal is the piano. Got fingers, got a piano, should be a piece of cake, right?

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you like it. 🙂

      Stick figures are no joke! They require straight lines which are way harder than people give credit for. Piano sounds like a tough but well worth it endeavor! If you give it a go, I’d love reading about your experience!

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  3. Beautiful!! In my humble opinion, the experience of making art holds the most value. Yesterday, I was working on illustrations and listening to an audio book while it rained outside. It was glorious. The peace one finds from getting lost in artistic expression is indescribably liberating. Great job! I hope every time you look at your artwork, you remember how you felt creating it. Being able to externally view a representation of how you feel inside is an amazing thing. Well done.

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    1. That sounds absolutely heavenly! I can’t agree more that the creating process and the feelings it inspires is the best and most valuable part. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

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  4. I love art and trees in particular, though I am not a good artist myself. I appreciated the documentation of steps and your thoughts along the way. It was like a personal art lesson. The colors are fabulous too! A small bit of editorial feedback, if ok (I know it’s what I need): your 5th paragraph just under the image of your blank canvas has a couple of typos. I presume you have “phantom” rather than “fandom” expectations and a “do” would fit nicely between the words “to” and “perspective lines.” Thank you for sharing your painting process!

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    1. Oh goodness! Thank you for catching those errors. Editing and catching typos is where I have the biggest challenge! I appreciate you telling me. 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post, too!

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    2. On the note about “fandom”, that is actually the word I meant. 🙂 A lot of the geeky art I have tried to paint there are always fans of the inspiring show that have extremely high expectations and can be incredibly critical. Pleasing those people is terrifying to me! I could definitely explain that better though. Thanks again for the comment! I went in and fixed the other things you pointed out. 🙂

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