My newest effort at painting

After my last post, I made myself promise to get in there and paint!  So today I spent some time in there working on a picture.  Just playing around, but I was painting!  My newest effort at painting is a girl’s face.  She will have long hair and I think I will add flowers to the picture with napkins or magazine pictures.

I feel pretty good to have finally done some painting.  I have discovered one problem though.  My cat wants to sit on top of my palette or on top of the wet painting.  I had the devil of a time convincing her to move and stay off the paint.  It’s like she likes getting paint all over her feet.  I don’t understand it, but I do know that it’s typical cat behavior to want to lie on whatever you are doing.  She is still an adolescent, so I just kept moving her off the spot and scolding her until she got the point.

Here is what I started with:

My newest effort at painting

That was what I left last night when I just put paint on the paper before I went to bed.  So, today I worked on her face.  I only have a couple of layers of paint down, but she is starting to shape up nicely.

My newest effort at painting

Then she morphed into this:

My newest effort at painting

My sister was very quick to point out that she needs some eyelashes.  I am still working on adding layers to her face and putting shading in where it needs to be.  Once that is done, I will worry about her eyelashes!  I can’t decide what color to make her long hair yet, but maybe by tomorrow I will have narrowed it down to a specific color.

Anyway, that is my newest effort at painting.  I just have to keep telling myself that it is only paper and I am only practicing.  It does not have to be perfect.  I am just learning and relearning what I lost by not practicing for so long.

I am having more ideas that I want to try out, so maybe I am getting back into the swing of daily art.

Does anyone else have this much trouble getting started painting?


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