I guess I am a strange duck, so to speak, but it is not unusual for me to take something that would be considered a craft and make art out of it.
I purchased this toilet tissue holder last night at an auction. It was very plain and I just knew I had to give it a new life. To me a house should not be just a house but a structure that should contain pieces that give it character. While I love painting in the traditional sense, I also like doing things like this.
This piece after being stained will be a conversation piece in my guest bathroom.
When you are painting it is sometimes easy to get “stuck in a rut”. It is always good to experiment with different projects and differrent styles. I have been painting a long time but still learn something new when I watch other artists.
Expand your horizon and reach for the stars or even paint a few. Have a great day.
It’s not just important how you paint but what you do after you finish a painting. Before I even clean up my workspace, I clean up my palette. Any unused paint is applied to a new canvas, not that it is saving it but it is not at least wasted on your palette. Sometimes I don’t have enough to create another painting but sometimes the waste turns into something like these.
After one clean up…this is an 8×10 canvas.
Another tip, if you are on a tight budget like me you can sometimes buy paint, brushes and even canvases at yard sales and auctions. While higher quality brushes in particular are worth the money, it doesn’t always fit my pocketbook.
As an artist I appreciate most types of art. Today’s topic is Folk Art. Primative or Folk Art may not be appreciated by some people but I can tell you it is not always as easy to do as it may appear. Created in a different time, materials were hard to come by, canvas almost non existant, so most things were painted on either tin or wood. The simplicity of the art existed even in their paint which in most cases they also made.
As the music of the Appalachian mountains, there was self-created from life itself. There were no photos to work from, it came to them to represent who they were. Below is a sample of Folk Art that I just painted.
As you can see, this Garden Angel is simple in appearance but represents the Folk Art style. I chose here because I am learning to garden and I am a spiritual person. In her hands is a nest of eggs and she shows off her flowers at the bottom of her dress.
Hopefully, I will be able to work in a little more Folk Art for you. Thanks for visiting.