This month, I’ll be doing one painting per day, every day. That’s 30 Days of Painting, and through this project I hope to become more comfortable with my paint brushes. The ultimate goal is to illustrate my stories for myself and my family.
Day 15: Ghost Trees
I’m currently traveling, and so I somehow found myself with mismatching paper and paint type. I had my acrylics paper and my water colors, and they’re not super compatible. I’ve since procured the proper paper, but for today I had to make do with what I had, and the results were very interesting.
The main difficulty was that the paint would not stick to the paper. It just slipped right off unless I kept the brush pretty still. I played around a bit, and I discovered a couple of ways to turn this to my advantage – I could get a very ethereal look by letting everything be a bit of a wash, and I could erase mistakes very easily with my finger. The overall look is beautiful and ghostly, and if I put something down that I didn’t like, I could wipe it away even ten minutes later.
The results photographed a bit poorly – not unlike my recent dream scape, which also featured the canvas texture prominently.
Then I remembered how I misphotographed my Celtic Knot with a fade filter, and also how I liked the results. I tried a couple of iPhone camera settings with this painting to see how it would show up on my computer screen.
This was fun. I don’t know which image I like best, honestly! The in-person coloring of the painting falls somewhere in between these last two, but the brightness and contrast of the altered versions feel more accurate to the real-life experience of the piece. I’m naming it “Ghost Trees.”
And I think that’s the first time I’ve ever named a painting.