Festival Go-er II
When I was very young I took some classes from a talented artist/teacher. I found I loved to draw portraits, but like many aspirations we have when we are younger we let them fall by the wayside. No regrets I say it was just the wrong time. Another amazing thing happened I met another talented artist/teacher who opened an art school for adults. Kim Howes Zabbia is her name and thanks to her I again picked up a pencil and then a paint brush and then the confidence to put my paintings up for sale. Kim talks during class about the little voices in your head good and bad. I jokingly tell her she has become that voice in my head, but it's true. So take it from me it's never too late just take a baby step whether you want to paint, play the guitar, be a gourmet cook. Just find that teacher who will inspire and encourage you and your on your way.
Pictured another painting in my people in movement series. There was so much going on in the background that I took me a while to finally get to the young woman. I kept seeing more details in the background until I finally said stop enough or this might be my last painting. I loved the shadows and the her hair blowing in the breeze. I like acrylics because they do dry fast clean up is easy and no fumes, but on the flip side it makes blending more difficult for me. I have tried different techniques thinking I would find one that worked for me. Finally I realized it all depends on the look you are going for. In this painting I used some dry brushing but mostly I thinned the paints with glaze and water. Canvas is more porous so water did not pick up the paint like it sometimes does on smooth board. Straight water sometimes dilutes the color too much for me. It is painted with acrylics, on a smooth canvas board by Yes which is mounted on a box frame. Measures 10" by 16". Please visit me at C.J.s Antiques in Ponchatoula or on Saturday mornings at the Mandeville Trailhead Community Market .