Josef tasked me with finishing a painting I started about a year and half ago. My deadline? Our trip next month. So, I’ve got three weeks to complete a huge painting.
I had been inspired by some of Putumayo’s cover art, such as:
Putumayo World Music, by the way, is a great way to learn not only about the rest of the world’s music, but to feel more connected to the rest of the world. They even have a blog that you should check out: http://www.putumayo.com/blog/.
Feeling inspired by Nicola Heindl’s work, and being true to my own style, I’ve started (well, RE-started) a painting of a set of islands. I love the pictures of Santorini in Greece:
I envisioned a bit of a Utopia, with all kinds of cool buildings that somehow stay on a hillside (like above) with Caribbean colors, including the water:
Here’s the start of my painting. I took it with my phone, so it’s not exactly an accurate picture of the colors, but you can get the idea. I haven’t yet decided on whether or not I want people to be in my painting as that has never been my strength. I also decided to paint with acrylics rather than oil (my preferred medium) due to the time constraints. Will be going out later to fetch the rest of the colors I need. I’ve started with my “underpainting” — as much as one can underpaint with acrylics, anyway! It’s a bit of a departure from my usual style – more “fun and whimsical” like Hiendl has inspired me to try than exactly accurate in color and form. We’ll see how it turns out.
It’s a start! And it felt so good to actually be painting. I’ll try to keep my updates flowing!