W.I.P. Wednesday : Fun with painting (please don’t laugh).

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My two months of summer holiday are nearly over, and my list of projects/ideas has been about as neglected as my tan line this year. My big list for 2009 needs tending to, especially because there are only a few months left this year!

One of my desires for 2009 was to begin painting, meaning to start learning how to paint. I was able to purchase a few supplies, and soon-to-be-mamma Maria Rose (who blogs at Little Things Are Big) created two painting lessons for me (Lesson Number 1 is HERE and Lesson Number 2 is HERE.) I was so excited, motivated to begin…but stuff kept getting in the way.

The other day Guppy asked to paint after her nap, which she often does, so I broke out her ganache and watercolour paints for her, as I often do. She started painting, and I began the dishes.

And it hit me that something was really wrong with this picture.

The dishes aren’t going anywhere, and I don’t care if they stack up, really. I mean, who freaking cares!?!

So I sat down next to Guppy, and decided to paint. But paint what?

How about this :

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Three Sunflowers in a Vase, Vincent Van Gogh

We have many Van Gogh prints hanging about the apartment, and this one is right over the kitchen table (where we were set up), so I decided to use it as my model. Being a good student, I recalled Maria Rose’s lessons and knew I needed to first sketch the painting, which I did rather quickly onto a piece of paper.

I set to work, and here is what I have to show for an hour of drawing & painting :

Silly Painting

Please don’t judge me too harshly – I’ve never, ever painted anything before. Except fences, houses and a few bedrooms.

My painting is obviously pretty different, but I knew it would have to be from the get-go. Since my decision was so spontaneous I didn’t fetch my materials, and decided to just share with Guppy (or she shared with me, whatever) who had a very limited supply of ganache in primary colours : nearly no yellow at all, almost no white…you get the point. I just decided to be inspired by the original, did my best to sketch it, and decided to make the background blue and the flowers more orangy because necessity is the mother of invention.

So there you go. My first painting.

Ta da!

Now I’m going to try and re-watch my painting lessons and hopefully not wait so long until I give this another go! It was really relaxing, and it really helped me be in the present moment – I couldn’t do anything but be in the now, to concentrate on where I was and what I was doing, which is as it should be.

Don’t forget to stop by WIPster central to see what everyone is up to, and be inspired by all the creativity found on the W.I.P. Wednesday Flickr Pool. There are new members joining every week – welcome!

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W.I.P. Wednesday : A painting lesson with Maria Rose and the W.I.P. Wednesday Theme Song

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Hello Wipsters! Are you feeling artistic? Well, today is your lucky day because the lovely, the talented, the vegan and the pregnant (ok, that has nothing to do with anything, but it’s still exciting!) Maria Rose of Little Things Are Big has got my second painting lesson up (my of course being the operative word here people…ha!).

This sweet woman has battled morning sickness, and packing for a huge move to get this lesson up for me, and can you believe I haven’t had a chance to get my brushes dirty? I do have my materials ready though!

For me, drawing the sketch was difficult. I have no drawing experience, but I really want to make the time to learn. Maria Rose explains in the first lesson that it really needs to be a sketch – not a drawing – just something that’s representing the painting. It took me a few tries before I allowed myself to believe her, and once I let go of the approximativeness of what I was drawing, it just made sense :

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Super-cute Monsieur Fish found me this easel on Ebay for a song (well, a 25 euro song). I feel so cool having it in my bedroom…here, look

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I just thought that was sweet. So I wanted to give him some props here. Ok, moving on.

I’m hoping to carve out some time to paint soon – but if you’ve got the time you can to crazy right now. Lesson Number 1 is HERE and Lesson Number 2 is HERE. You need to scroll down to press play, kids. Just telling you now.

Her lessons are cute, funny and have most excellent sound tracks, so even if you don’t think you’re ready to break out your acrylics, you should check them out – they are highly entertaining.

Have you seen this? I mean, good gravy Marie, let me get dressed up with my posse and sing fun songs that I write about my life – please. I first saw this last Wednesday over at Kittee’s blog, and I can’t stop watching it. I mean, this woman rules! This is the official W.I.P. Wednesday theme song people – now sing along!

Craft Talk
Please send a representative, I have just made the world’s largest gem sweater, in the world.
You’re sure looking crafty (crafty crafty)
You can make a raft out of pencils and foam
You’re sure looking happy (happy happy)
‘Cuz you make it snappy and not very crappy
Do you want to paste together
Something we can use forever
I’m thinking key chain
Scratch me with your hot designs
Dribble me in neon lines
Use that walkie-talkie and talk to me some crafts
Let’s go walking (walk walk)
Let’s get talking (talk talk)
Let’s craft talk (craft talk), craft talk (craft talk)
You can build me whatever you want
Now make it make it make it make it
Faster faster faster faster
Work through the pain, work it through the pain
Now make it make it make it make it
Faster faster faster faster
I cherish these moments, I can’t wait to see it
When you’re makin’ crafts your spicin’ up the world
Face it pretty girl, you’re craft-tastic!
You’re following no plans, you’re building it with hands
Let’s do a dance ‘cuz you’re craft-tastic!
Let’s get together and share supplies
Your craftsmanship deserves top prize
Glue it, cut it, stitch it, felt it,
Paint it, bead it, dough it, dye it,
Embroider it, solder it, hotter it
Let’s go walking (walk walk)
Let’s get talking (talk talk)
Let’s craft talk (craft talk), craft talk (craft talk)
You can build me whatever you want
Now make it make it make it make it
Faster faster faster faster
Work through the pain, work it through the pain
Now make it make it make it make it
Faster faster faster faster
I cherish these moments I cant wait to see it
Build it fast, built to last,
When in need place a bead
Rubber stamp my number, ‘cuz I want to get you tips
Look for sales in town
Take them home, move them around
Love it when it shines, want to make it mines
You make stuff that I desire
All I want to do is acquire
(you’re so crafty–craft-tastic!)
Craft talking craft talking craft talking craft talking
Craft talking craft talking craft talking craft talking
Let’s go walking (walk walk)
Let’s get talking (talk talk)
Let’s craft talk (craft talk), craft talk (craft talk)
You can build me whatever you want
Now make it make it make it make it
Faster faster faster faster
Work through the pain, work through the pain
Now make it make it make it make it
Faster faster faster faster
I cherish these moments, I know that I’ll love it

I’m now officially in love with Mother Gem, and if she ever wants to come to France on tour she can sleep on my couch – promise!

Are you trying something new this week? Whatever your endeavours, have a crafty week, and don’t forget to see what the other Wipsters are up to, and to check out our W.I.P. Wednesday Flickr Pool, too.