[heARTworks] WIP…

Knitting, writing, painting, running around…

These things all have kept me away from my blog. Those and things like learning new art skills! And that’s what this blog post is about. I decidedly took time today to start a new painting using some new skills I have been learning. It is a WIP — Work In Progress — but I wanted to share with you what I have done so far:

Not only am I learning how to paint a galaxy, I’m learning how to paint it with new tools! This painting was done using an airbrush! 100% airbrush — no traditional painting tools other than a pre-primed canvas and acrylic paints. The acrylic paints have been specially prepared to use in an airbrush. This is so they won’t gum up the inner workings of the airbrush and render it non-functional and in need of a deep cleaning.

Or worse yet — destroy the airbrush and/or the needle and other parts, requiring replacement!

I am currently taking a class offered by Airbrush Painting Secrets. The artist, who is also the teacher obviously, does amazing things with a $10 airbrush. I couldn’t resist purchasing her class and I’m sure I’ll go back for others. The painting above is my first attempt at the first lesson in the class. It isn’t finished yet, although I love it. There are a couple other items that teach a couple other simple techniques that need to be added.

Here is my first ever airbrush painting. This was done when I had no clue what to paint — I just wanted to play with my new airbrush, compressor, and airbrush paint…

Yes — I do realize I have a bright sun and a hillside and trees in the dark of night. This was me playing with the new airbrush on the first day with clearly no plan other than to play in paint with the airbrush. I was just excited that I was able to control the airbrush “enough” to do anything! After all this was my very first time every using an airbrush.

And while I played aimlessly in paint, I was able to release stress and the baggage of the day…

I can’t wait to finish this painting and then do it again to practice some more. I also need to purchase larger canvases. These are 5x7s I had laying around awaiting inspiration for creation. I will post again when I have completed the galaxy I started today. I have stars and nebulous (nebuli? for plural) to paint in first!

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