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 email@example.com
Tracing Light Box, Veidoo A4 LED Tracer Light Pad/Box/Board for Artists, Drawing, Sketching, Animation, X-ray Viewing, Tattoo Transferring (A4) – Veidoo Sold by: Chaoxin
This item arrived on time, intact as well as dent and ding free due to the excellent packaging, so kudos to the shipping department.
The Tracing Light Box by Veidoo came with easy to follow instructions, a USB cord to power the device (fits all of my wall adapters as well as the USB ports on my computers) and 2 metal clips to hold the images and paper you will be using in place.
As soon as this item made its way into the living room both kids (ages 16 and 22) were all over it. It was love at first sight and the ideas of what to do with it were plentiful. It powers on and off with the touch of a button and adjusting the brightness level is just as easy. The 16 year old got his hands on it first and had a tracing of Ironman from an activity book done in no time. He didn’t even glance at the instructions and he was able to figure out how to operate this device in under a minute. With that said, it is definitely what I would call user friendly.
My neighbor came over and as a fellow artist she was in love with this item as well and asked my son to trace a piece of artwork he’d gotten at a comic book convention for her. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, he did a time lapse video of that process you will see attached to this review.
All in all, this item performed above and beyond my expectations. It works so well, I wish I had one just like it in a larger size for bigger projects. I have several ideas for this item myself.
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