Sunday, May 30, 2010

Object Of My Frustration

Yesterday I had just spent an hour or so working on some mountains in a painting when suddenly the part of the easel that holds the bottom of the painting slid right down to the floor.  Naturally the painting went flying and just as naturally (Murphys Law) it landed face down.  I should mention that I was painting out on the patio where the floor is concrete, not tile and collects all the dust, etc. that happens to blow around.  There was a large amount of vocabulary used that is very unladylike and Roy came out to see what was going on.
I explained and he examined the parts to find that some screws had come loose and another had come right out.  Screws that had just been tightened maybe a month ago!
He repaired it for me and also did some preventative repairs on some things that were just put together with small air gun nails (useless things).  While doing this he jokingly mentioned that mountains are supposed to have sand and rocks on them.  Hmmm, sorry hon, not funny right now; although later it was.  I managed to brush off most of the grit with a clean, dry brush without smudging the mountain colour into the sky colour and continued on with my mess.
We had bought this easel in about 2007 when we were both taking "lessons" at the Casa de la Cultura.  Roy didn't go for long; but I continued with it twice a week from about September to June that year.  There was an instructor and she was there to help you if you got stuck but there were no actual lessons.  It was more like a place for people to come and paint.  I enjoyed the interaction with others with the same interest and it was probably good for my Spanish too; but I needed and still need actual lessons.  I have never had any type of art lessons even in school and definitely need more than the YouTube videos that I am watching/learning from right now.  I need someone to tell and show me where I am going wrong and how to do things properly.

This is the object of my frustration.  It is a poor design, never buy one like it.

Anyway after the easel was repaired I did my first ever ocean wave with a curl and foam.  I pretty much messed up the end of the wave (right hand side); but I left it to dry and maybe I will paint over it or try and repair it later.  The majority of my paintings get painted over as they are not good and not worthwhile saving to take up space.  I am after all just practicing and trying to learn.  I also finished my first attempt at a beach picture, again not happy with it.
I guess what I need is an honest critic, Roy is too nice and yesterday 2 of the neighbors were watching me paint as they took a break from their building work.  They were also very nice, which is fine; but what I need is someone to be honest with me and tell me where I am going wrong or maybe just tell me to put down the brushes and step away from the easel permanently, lol.  Anyway, I do enjoy mucking about with it even if I am not happy with the results.
Gloria keeps asking to see some of the results of my messing about so I have decided to be brave (read idiotic here), and post a couple of them.  Remember, these are first attempts at waves and beach sand, so be prepared to see a train wreck lol.


Chrissy y Keith said...

Excellent work Brenda. I am artistically challanged, so any time someone can paint something that is even faitly recognizable, I am in awe. Keep it up. I really like the top one of the beach. The wave one looks very modernish.(if thats a word)

Bob Mrotek said...

What are you talking about Brenda? You are doing fine! Don't be so hard on yourself. I have a suggestion. Start carrying a sketchbook around and practice sketching details of all the things that are around you. Do them in pencil and then go over them with ink and colored watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. It will help you with your perspective. There are some blogs that can help you. One is called "Urban Sketchers" and the other is "Sketching in Nature"
Good luck and keep going!

Brenda said...

Chrissy: thanks, word or not I like the sound of "modernish" lol. I am pretty sure that you are not artistically challenged lol.

Bob: I guess we are always our own hardest critics.
I have been painting or trying to from some of my photos and either adding or changing things, of course, it never comes out the way my mind sees it.
I will definitely try your tips/suggestions and will check out those blogs, I haven't been to them yet; although I do read some artists blogs.
I do also have watercolour pencils.
Always nice to have a cheering section lol.

Jan said...

Brenda, you are really good. I think you have talent and I'm not just being nice. I have been drawing lately and I have been really disappointed that I'm not better at it, but I'm going to keep trying. I love your colors too. People think it's easy to apply color but it's not. I will look on u-tube for instruction. Great idea. Keep doing it. You are inspiring me and I will keep trying

Gloria said...

Brenda, these two paintings are totally awesome!! I like what you did with the waves. I enlarged the paintings so that I could see them better and the waves look so real and the sandy beach, WOW!! Totally awesome Brenda. Don't be afraid of showing your wonderful work. I love it! I appreciate you showing your work, I've been wanting to see your work and I'm here to tell you that there is no such thing as bad art work. Keep it up. Know somelthing? I can paint the lay of the land or oceans or mountains. I've never been able to. Thumbs up to you!

Brenda said...

Jan: Thanks a lot. I'm sure you are doing fine with your drawings; but it can be disappointing can't it? What kinds of things are you drawing?
YouTube has lots of great instructional videos as well as another site called: Video Jug,
I'm sure there are others as well.
I wish you would start blogging again, miss reading your blog.

Gloria: Wow, thanks so much for the compliments.
I am usually pretty shy about putting my "real inside self" out on display, which is why my blog is pretty general usually, so putting these up here was hard for me to do and I thought long and hard about it.
I am sure that you can paint anything you want or like to. I have faith in you and your talents.
Have a good week.

Bob Mrotek said...

Thank you so much for sharing the VideoJug link with us. It is terrific!

Brenda said...

Your very welcome Bob. I like some of the videos on there.
I also like this fellows calm manner of teaching; although he is on YouTube. His name is Wilson Bickford and he also has a blog, and some teaching videos as well on another site called Jerrys Artarama
His YouTube videos are here:
Have fun.

Gringo Loco said...

Very nice works.


Brenda said...

Thank you.

Islagringo said...

I agree. Don't sell yourself short. Those paintings are very good.

Brenda said...

Isla: thanks so much. Hope things are going well for you and your brother also.

Anonymous said...

I started reading your blog from the beginning a while back. I love it! It's informative and interesting. Hubs and I bought a condo in Progreso, last year. We can retire in 4.5 years and plan to be snowbirds.

We're from B'ville! What a small world!

Anyways, I just recognized your upper painting as being the same pic as what's on the side of your blog. Very cool!

Thanks for the great blog, Brenda!

Anonymous said...

oops. Forgot to put my name on my last post. It's Barb.

Brenda said...

Hi Barb. How is everything in B'ville?
My stepdaughters children go to school there, they live at Muriel Lake. You may have heard of her, she is a chartered accountant; but don't want to put her name on here. She works out of her home now; but used to work for a firm in St. Paul.
I am sure you are looking forward to retirement and becoming snowbirds.
We have never visited that side of the country where Progreso is located.
Have a good fall/winter.

Barb said...

I've probably heard of her. We've lived her a long time. How do I email you?

Brenda said...

Hi Barb. You can email me at:

greenmaasacres AT msn DOT com