Some of you will be looking forward to an extended weekend beginning today. I will be looking forward to dragging my nine day decaying carcass back to Mecca tonight and working through it. While we can’t agree on the happiness value of a Friday, we can all come together and celebrate another exciting reader-suggested idea in The Nest’s Prompt the Squirrel series. This is where I always remind you that if you haven’t suggested an idea yet, you need to do so now so that you can get in on the fun, but that’s getting to be a broken record that isn’t netting me much in the way of new prompts… so dowhatchalike. Just remember, you don’t have the right to complain about my Prompt the Squirrel series if you don’t participate!
This week’s prompt idea comes from our favorite nun in the WordPress blogging community, Faith, Hope, and Chocolate. While she’s not a frequent poster on her blog, she is an avid reader of others’ words of wisdom, including The Nest… which apparently does not cause devices to spontaneously combust into brimstone fires when it is viewed within the holy walls of a convent. Anyway, here is what she suggested:
How about sharing more of your non-computer-created artwork? I challenge you to get the acrylic paints out again!
Not only a suggestion, but a challenge! Would I be up for it?
I’d mentioned before that there was a brief period of time where I dabbled in seeing if my computer art skillz would translate onto a canvas medium. It occurred during the mid-months off 2010, and resulted in a whopping three paintings of dubious results. Faith mentioned in the comments section of that post that she admired the few works I had done and that I should take it up again… so perhaps I should have seen this coming.
One of the things I love about digital art is that it is sooooo easy to erase no longer visible underlayers and fix mistakes. Painting is not necessarily as forgiving… especially if you are using cheap paints and have no idea what you’re doing. Since I don’t envision ever taking painting up as even a semi-regular hobby, I can’t justify the extra time and monetary effort it would take to get better at it. I mean, it really can’t be this easy, can it?
Like anyone else who knew cool shit when they saw it, I watched a lot of Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting” shows when I was younger. There were obviously magical properties in that afro of his that allowed recognizable objects to instantly appear out of his random brushstrokes. I couldn’t understand for the life of me how he did it… or how anyone does it. My paintings always look like a preschooler’s work that Mommy would hang on the icebox to scare off the roaches.
But I have a challenge in front of me, and I’m gonna rise to it, dammit!!!
I took a handful of progress pictures while I was creating my painting so you could get a feel for my painting process and see how what I did loosely tied together to form the finished product. Unfortunately, while I was cleaning out no longer needed photo files from my computer during my too-much-time off this past week, I wound up deleting the damn folder that had those pictures in it…. and didn’t realize my goof up until literally just now. So much for an informative and interesting post to go with this prompt…
Luckily, I had already uploaded a few of the finished product pictures to Photobucket before I wiped the originals from existence. So I’ll tell you that I decided to paint…. what else, Rainbow Donkey! Here’s what he looked like on my
kitchen painting table:
Here’s another shot I took with my old camera so you can see what the colors look like under a flash…
Now to see what my in-nest art critic Ody thinks of my work…
Eh, who cares what the critics think anyway? I’ll bet none of them even know how to paint.
So, to end this story, I could have hung Rainbow Donkey on my wall along with my other poor attempts at putting acrylics to canvas… but I thought it might be a nice surprise to let the person who inspired me to paint it in the first place have Rainbow Donkey to cherish forever. So I mailed the painting across the Atlantic to Faith Hope and Chocolate… and here is a photo she took of him enjoying his new surroundings!
Thank you Faith for submitting this challenge that actually made me get off my butt and do something… and I hope you and the Sisters get much happiness from my beloved donkicorn!
Just like the Doobies, we’ll have another prompt another Friday…. next week!