A few years back, I stumbled across Bob Ross videos on YouTube. His Joy of Painting series made painting seem accessible and fun, and it stoked in me a desire to try it out. My experience in creating art mostly was concerned with drawing and sketching. Only once (in high school) did I attempt to paint a picture (a large Spider-man poster, which was meant for us to experiment with painting along one side of the colour wheel). Painting has largely been intimidating for me to try until I watched Bob Ross.
A friend who paints suggested I try starting off with an easy medium, like acrylic paint, since oil painting can be both challenging and dangerous if you don’t take the right precautions. I made a New Year’s resolution to try out painting before the end of the first quarter, and in February I found a local art store that runs beginner acrylics classes. For four weeks, you learn lessons from a local artist and complete a painting each week to take home.
This week will be the last class. I’m sad that it’s over already and I’ve really enjoyed the experiences so far. I’m hoping the store sets up the intermediate class soon, as I will gladly pay to attend that class as well. When you sign up for the beginner class, you are given the option to purchase a starter kit with some paints, brushes, and canvasses. I’ve already started buying additional supplies, such as more paint colours, a medium to extend the acrylic drying time, a new kneadable eraser, and more canvasses. Below are the paintings I made from the first three weeks of the course.
I’ve even started experimenting with paining at home – last week I attempted my first run at mixing flesh tones to paint people (I hope to attempt a self-portrait in the near future).
I’m glad I invested the money in this experience and am looking forward to practicing this new set of skills.