After my little visit to the Gallery in Cardiff at the weekend with Boyfriend it inspired me to get my paints out and create a little something. After getting ridiculously excited seeing my first ever Van Gogh and cooing over Monet I thought I had better harness this flourish of creativity and I decided to print a little picture out of Natalie from Natalie off duty, and use it as my artistic muse and paint a little portrait. she also tweeted me yesterday to say how amazing the painting was, which was amazingly sweet of her because I am a massive fan of her blog and her style. I chose the photo as a challenge to myself, as I have never drawn or painted anyone wearing sunglasses before, this may not sound like such a a massive challenge but getting the shading right can be a bit of a pain, trying to make the glasses stand out is where it is at.
I personally paint an under colour of lime green where i will be painting the skin, ( its personal preference and it has always worked for me) this is due to the fact that our skin is never just one colour, I bet if you look at your hand right now you will at least see 4 colours red, blue, purple, green, brown, peach, yellow, there is so much depth to skin tone. It has to be one of my favourite things to paint. I also personally never ever use black in my paintings, as it can be far too harsh against the skin tone, i always use a mixture that never fails, teal with brown, also red, blue and brown is always good for shading and adding great depth to any painting.
In this painting I have used acrylics and a canvas from tiger, I love the oval shape and I can just imagine hanging it on a wall in my living room once I have finally moved into my own place.
Acrylics themselves can be manipulated and watered down like watercolours and spread around a lot, which is another medium I love to paint in. Also another trick I use is to paint and draw upside down, not me upside down but the painting, its the best way to look at shapes because your eye automatically think it knows what an eye looks like or a mouth, it gets you to really look at what you are drawing.
I think when it comes creativity we should always push ourselves to create something beautiful that we didnt think we could ever accomplish, I was told when I was at school that I was the absolute worst at drawing and painting portraits, so I told my teacher that I would only ever do projects from now on, looking at people and portraits, if someone tells you can’t do something.
Would people like it if I did a little tutorial on how to paint?