Erik (eriktrips) wrote,

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I did not go to the movie. I only left the house today to hose down a cage outside on the courtyard. instead of movie I drew some lines and tried to paint a roughly circular pattern fading from pale yellow to crimson and I can't figure out how to do a gradual wash in acrylic, getting the colors to blend evenly into each other. there must be a trick I don't know. I used to do this with watercolors no problem but acrylic is a little more stubborn and stays on the brush so that if you put the brush down in one spot and then pick it up and put it in another spot, you carry the color from the first spot to the second. nothing like pencil which I know all about how to use! I'm either going to look up in a how-to-paint book how to do this and redo the fadey parts some other day or go in and van gogh it, painting brushstrokes of pure color right into each other and let it blend itself.

it's only the undercoat; what I want to be able to scratch through to once I paint the real picture. so this is not crucial but it is good practice. I've never had a single painting class. I'm completely naive except for what I've learned on my own. I think a little reading at least might be a good idea. I wonder what the world wide web has to offer.

the really tricky part was keeping santiago from jumping into the middle of the canvas to chase the brush. I suppose if I were to make a habit of this an easel might be good but they are ridiculously expensive. I swear art supplies must be a racket. how they get people who make so little to spend so much is beyond me. I was looking up what I'd have to get if I wanted to learn to use encaustic and it would cost over $200 for five basic colors and one single heated spatula. some other time I guess.

I think I'll go read about other people's art until I fall asleep.

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