I have taken a Botanical Illustration class at the Digital Art Academy (DAA). They have classes for the app I use to paint, Painter X3.
Botanical Illustration refers to the kinds of highly technical drawings that were in vogue in the late 1800’s. I didn’t stick strictly to the style they used back then. I updated it for now.
I signed up for this class on a lark. I didn’t know I could paint like this. I ended up kind of dreading the class and wondering what I had gotten myself into.
Then, I decided to have an attitude change. I decided to show up, put forth my best effort and have fun. Guess what, I did have fun and amazed myself at what I could do.
Maui at Dusk
Here’s another pastel sunset I did.
This one took forever to do. I only started painting in 2012, and I’ve only been doing anything realistic for about six months. So there are a lot of lessons for me to learn. Like perspective, colors of objects close and colors of objects far away. The further away, the lighter is the rule. This doesn’t make sense to me, but it’s true. I went outside and looked.
I have been using reference images, to help me with my landscapes. However, in this piece, I took a giant leap forward and used a first image, then added the palm trees and ocean in on my own. So I feel like I’m making progress.
I want to eventually paint in a way that is unique to me. I want people to look at my work and recognize my style. Like, “ah, ha, a Mitchell.” Ha ha ha. But I know from prior experience that if I just work at this, show up and stay positive, it will happen.
I want to thank everyone who is reading my blog and liking my art work. It really means a lot to me.
I recently went to see a new internist. With all my negative experiences over the years with doctors, I expected only the worst. My plan was to just get anyone as a new internist, as the present one was in his 70’s and his wait times were hideous, like more than two hours.
I arrived on time for the appointment, and the doctor was running on time. That was good after the last guy.
She took 40 minutes for my first appointment. She got a complete history of all the various things that are wrong with me. She advised that since I have fibromyalgia, my body was inflamed. Yeah, OK, I know that. Then she says, “therefore, you shouldn’t eat dairy, as it further inflames the body.” OMG. A doctor discussing health and nutrition. That’s an oxymoron. Doctors usually know nothing about nutrition.
She went on to say that I should change my diet to vegan or modified vegan, that is allowing some chicken and fish, depending on where they come from.
She further told me to watch a movie called Forks Over Knives. I highly recommend this movie. It gives the scientific reasons why one should consider a vegan diet. Basically the science shows that diets high in animal protein cause cancer.
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Here is another pastel from the class I’m taking. You can read about that class here.
I have learned so much in this class and become so much more confident in doing landscapes. haven’t really done many landscapes. I am an abstract artist. Or at least I used to be. Now I’m becoming a more rounded artist.
This is very exciting for me. I really didn’t believe I could do palm trees. But, whoa, I did. I just started painting, and they appeared. I am learning more and more with realistic painting that, yes, I can do it.
I used to believe I couldn’t draw realistically. But it’s turning out I can paint realistically.
One thing I have learned since I started painting in 2012, is that in art, as in life, just show up and do your best, and you’ll do well.
It’s all in showing up and being willing, I think.
Several Pieces Make the Hole
This is it. I’m naming my paintings and other pieces. I’ve never been able to think of a name for my work.
People come up with these great names, peaceful, meditation, loving, etc. I just haven’t been able to do it. I sit and stare at my work. What’s your name, damn you? Nothing. So there was the Untitled series. Then the Abstract series.
Well, it’s a new day. I’m going to do my best to give my works names. They deserve it.
The name of this one surprised me. I have a weird sense of humor. Who knew it would show up when naming my art. But I like it.
So, Several Pieces Make the Hole it is.
The way I approach issues like this is to give it my best effort. I’m not saying I’ll always name my paintings, but this is a start. I learned long ago, not to totally commit 150% to something. Rather, I prefer to show up, do my best and turn the outcome over to God. He does such a good job.