I had never taken an interest in painting growing up. I did the occasional project in school- but I never bought any art supplies for myself. I tinkered a bit with pencil crayons and sketching, but never really with painting.
I enjoyed decorating my children’s rooms over the years, so I at least made some attempts at art on the walls.
On canvases however, I’ve only ever done two pieces- one was a pencil sketch I made for my wife years ago for her 40th Birthday. The other was my first real attempt at acrylics A month ago– A painting of some planets and a sun. I also used some spray paint on it to liven it up. I was rather pleased with the final results. So I decided to buy another canvas and steal my daughters’ paints and brushes today.
I’m rather pleased with myself this time around and remembered to take a few photos along the way.
I started with a quick background coat of primer gray spray paint. Then I pencilled in my idea.
Then I got started on my trees and bushes. I enjoy blending colors to give it a more natural feel.
For about an hour or so I added in my flowers and lanterns. I was starting to really enjoy the piece but knew it wasn’t quite finished.
With the final details added, the painting was ready to be hung up. I put it above my wife’s computer, maybe she will notice it later on.
I based the painting on a few photos from our trip to Tokyo. This one was my biggest inspiration:
I don’t think I did too shabby considering it’s my second piece. Of course I see many flaws and realize what I could’ve done differently. In the end, I think I may have a new hobby blossoming.