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Painting the Moon
Published on Thursday, February 5, 2015 by

After taking a few days off since the January writing challenge I am ready to get back to my regular posts. I know what you are saying… “What? Katherine, you have regular posts just as often as The Bachelor couples stay together!” I know I know. But Ron has inspired me and I’m finally going to attempt a s-c-h-e-d-u-l-e. Starting tonight my goal is to post every Thursday and Sunday nights. Wish me luck, everyone!

I can’t draw a circle to save my life. Painting? Out of the question. Until of course my co-worker lured me to a Pub Painters night.

After a painting session I showed one of the teachers a home painting I was having trouble with. “What can I do to fix this?” “You need to take Danielle’s beginner oil painting course!”

Oils? When I paint with acrylic I become a human rainbow of splotches and spills. THAT stuff washes out. Oils… not so much. But to learn how to REALLY paint? My friend and I signed up.

Yesterday found me AGONIZING over what picture to bring to paint. Everything I showed the teacher was too difficult to start with. The last thing I wanted to do was paint a bowl of fruit or a flower. Of course everything I had involved Corolla water, Corolla creatures or Corolla landscapes.

With big eyes, I watched as my teacher flipped through each one. “Honestly?” She then paused to attempt sparing my feelings… “Water is really hard. I don’t want to set you up to fail. Let’s go with this for your first painting.”

She pointed to the picture of the Super Moon I took that was on the CNN home photographer page for a day or two:

I was initially pretty disappointed. My lofty vision included painting a lady underwater… a sunrise I captured over the waves… a crab partially buried in sand. But I understood, dutifully placing myself at the kid’s table.

That was when the regulars came in. With their billions of tubes of paint, their fancy easels and their PORTRAITS OF THEIR CHILDREN THEY PAINTED THEMSELVES. I don’t mean “cute painted pictures by amateur artists.” I mean the kind of painted portraits you would pay thousands for.

I glanced at the little orange ball I am going to paint. I glanced at their museum pieces. I sighed.

“Don’t worry,” they collectively said. “Two years ago WE were beginners too!”

I was happy this group turned out to be supportive. But one can’t help feeling puny when surrounded by greatness. I’m going to continue, though. I’m going to work hard, I’m going to listen and I’m going to paint the prettiest orange circle I can. I mean Super Moon!

painting grid method

During the first class we learned how to sketch using the grid method.

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  • You’ll get it at some point. I’ve always been in awe of those that can draw and paint.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

    • I don’t know if I will ever “get it” because you either have it or you don’t… but the important thing is I am having a ton of fun… so all is good!!!! 🙂

  • Ron

    Yahoooo…I am so happy to read that you’ll be posting on a schedule, twice a week. You GO, girl! As you know, I post twice a week as well and it seems to be just enough with working, responding to comments and visiting other blogs. I use to post THREE times a week and it just got to be too much.

    GREAT to read about the painting class you’re taking. You are so talented in SO MANY ways, I think it’s awesome that you’ll be trying your hand in painting. And you know what? I bet you’ll be AMAZING!

    And I like the photograph of the moon you’re going to paint. I remember you sharing that on your blog last year.

    “She pointed to the picture of the Super Moon I took that was on the CNN home photographer page for a day or two..”

    OMG…it was on the CNN HOME PHOTOGRAPHY PAGE!?!? That’s AWESOME! Why didn’t you tell me? Is it still there? I would love for you to send me the link so I can see it.

    The best to you with your class, my friend. Keep us posted.
    X

    • Ron it was SO COOL. It was only up for about two days… but during the summer when we had super moons CNN asked people to upload their pix. I did and got a reply back asking me to fill out a questionnaire. I did and sure enough the picture went up on the page with my name and the stuff I wrote. I was BEYOND ELATED!!!!!

  • Congratulations on taking the step. Oils after acrylics…definitely stepping outside your comfort zone (the topic of my last post). Personally, I like acrylics, but then I’ve not really tried oils…and I can’t paint worth a crap, only very abstract.

    • I got nervous this weekend. A friend who paints a bit and his mother paints said, “We HATE oils. The minute you make one mistake it is TOAST.” Well GREAT! But I am sure my teacher will help fix things… she is pretty awesome.

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