Painting attracts so many people today of all ages. Painting is not just for the professional. Painting can be a pastime or a hobby too; and pursued for the satisfaction of simply trying something one has always wondered whether or not they could do. I think most people like the idea of painting something of beauty and feeling good about being able to say they painted it. Painting as a hobby can be relaxing in a stress filled life. It can be an escape into another world, a world of calm. Anyone can pick painting up as a hobby and enjoy it. One will not find themself dealing with boredom when taking up painting. There are many benefits to the hobby of painting.
Painting tree silhouettes is slightly more challenging than drawing, however I find the experience to be therapeutic and very much worth any effort involved because the end product is striking and beautiful. Something to be proud of every time. Looking upon a gorgeous tree silhouette gives me a feeling of peace. The fact that they are also some of the easiest natural things to recreate makes them one of my favourite subjects to paint.
I love to use acrylics. The canvas size that i usually use is 12 x 18 inches. Acrylics are very forgiving. If you don’t like the way it looks once the paint is dry, paint right on over it. Keep adding layers until you are happy!
As a rule, using black in painting is usually a no no. It creates a hole in your picture when used carelessly. Having said that I love using blackest black for my silhouettes because it slices a striking, intricate and delicate pattern in the paper or canvas that I find beautifully captivating. If you prefer not to use black however, you can always just use a very darkened version of whatever other colors you are using. Although I said that acrylics are forgiving, and they are, however painting a purely black tree on your background is not going to be easy to paint over if you mess up, so proceed with caution.
Most of us realise that an artist puts a lot of him or herself into their work. Even each stroke is their own personal stroke. The way they handle that stroke, they way they move their wrist, their hand, their fingers. It is all theirs. The way they layer the colors into the painting is theirs.
Where the artist gets their inspiration has to do with how a particular artist sees what he or she is seeing and envisioning what that subject can become. How he or she is going to interpret it from their own feeling about the subject is their guide to the beginning of that painting.
Something that appeals to one artist may not appeal to another, or, another artist might like the same subject, but does not see it in the same way because they are different people with a different mind set. Each artist reacts differently to the inspiration or subject that calls out to them. Each artist is an individual and paints according to that individuality.
It is good to remember that the most important thing about the subject matter is how it is painted and interpreted by the artist. The subject might not be so great, but how the artist paints that subject is what counts.
I have not decided what to do with this collection of tree paintings. Maybe I would find a public venue to display them. Maybe I would do a launch of a travel photography book print together with an art exhibition. In the meantime, I will just continue exploring new ideas for painting and travel photography. I believe that it is a good thing we love what we do.
Thank you so much for reading. Hope you enjoyed.