This year I’ve completed two large scale paintings. Both I didn’t plan on doing when the year started.

This one was a birthday present that I took inspiration from a painting the receiver liked at the AGO. It also worked out that their living room contains black and red furniture. It took me a couple of days, mainly because it needed two coats of red paint.

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It turned out well, and they liked it, and it looks great on their wall. I was really nervous about giving this gift. Art is a hard thing to gift and I myself have issues with my own work and never think people like it. But I mean, it is still hanging on their wall. So that’s a good sign.

That made me want to do a new painting to hang above my bed. This resulted in the one below that took a total of two weeks, working on and off, doing a bit each night. And only stopping when my roommate told me it was done and I had to stop. I’m really happy with it’s over all and the colours.

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Tonight I’m starting a 10 week Introduction to Painting class with the AGO. I’ve been painting ever since I could hold a paint brush. My mom does water colours and would always make sure we had the art supplies we wanted and needed. She still does. Growing up art was always a large part of my life. It was what we did on rainy days. After dinner. On random weekends and PA Days.

I’ve only ever taken art classes in elementary school and in grade 9. After grade 9 I wasn’t able to fit art into my school schedule and learning more about it fell away to reading books, and now wandering the AGO on rainy days or evenings followed by hamburgers.

I’m excited to be starting something new tonight. Something that I love doing and am looking forward to learning more technical skills.

Updates to come.

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