It’s been a couple of years since I picked up a brush. The truth is, I’m not a painter. I’m not very good at it…but when I have the urge to do so, I try and make it look awesome.
I have been watching season two of Work Of Art: The Next Great Artist on Bravo TV. It reminded me of high school when all of my peers and classmates would make art not just for fun, but for a grade. A good grade. An “A”. This is a challenge because you want to make it look really good, and at the same time, you want to have a piece of yourself in the artwork. You start to develop a certain style. Certain artists influence you to create something magnificent that only you could create. In turn…your instructors, your peers, and most importantly, yourself will start to recognize the particular style of work you’ve honed.
Back to painting. I have a painted canvas that I didn’t particularly liked. Instead of buying a new one, I just gesso’d and painted over it. At first I didn’t know what I wanted to create. Something abstract? A landscape? A portrait? A story? It wasn’t until I chatted with my sister about painting again did this idea came about. She suggested Pinocchio — but what about him? I suppose my recent trip to Italy also brought the inspiration to paint the wooden puppet. I didn’t want to create something that was reminiscent of the story, so I decided to take it to the next level.
From what I’ve done so far…I’m pretty happy with my decision.
Of course I’m not done yet. I still have a lot of revisions to do, and so many things to figure out. We’ll see how this turns out.
What do you think?