Captain’s Log: Quarantine day 65187
Today (and yesterday) I have alleviated the boredom of self-isolation by painting. Richy brought an old window frame home and it has two sections to it, which just happen to exactly fit an 8”x24” canvas. I jumped online and ordered several canvases including two to fit in the window frame from Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff and anxiously awaited their arrival.
Two days ago, they arrived. I stuck the white canvas boards into the window panes and mulled over what to do with it for a day. Finally, a very generic idea came to me. Make the top panel a sky scene and make the bottom panel a field of sunflowers. Not the most original idea, but I love sunflowers; in fact, I love vanGogh’s Sunflowers. So, why not paint the sky and field of flowers in the style of vanGogh? Well, at least as much as I can flatter myself that I can get anywhere near his style, but I digress.
Normally, I would draw out my design with a light pencil, then go over my lines in black and paint from there, but I really wanted to get out of my box, so I decided to use his techniques – like painting with a pallet knife and putting the paint directly from the tube onto the canvas in big smears and streaks. I let myself go and really had a good time bringing this painting to life. I freehanded everything; I swirled colors and didn’t “stay in the lines”. It has taken me two days, but I’m really happy with how this has turned out. It isn’t mounted just yet, but here is a picture of how it will eventually look:
So, that’s it, and I think I’m going to leave the window frame scratched up and funky. It’s got character, and I like that. Thanks for reading and feel free to share this post or send a critique! PS – I also take commissions so feel free to ask about my artistic services in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org