Friday, January 3, 2014


in 2003, when I was 16 I took a painting class. Produced a few paintings but then the studio moved and I stopped painting.
In 2010, I was dealing with some heartache and decided to take up painting as a way to deal with it. (It helped immensely.) I pulled out my art kit and was please to see all my nice brushes were there (had to buy new paint though). I searched the internet for follow-along tutorials like Bob Ross did, but with acrylics and found Tim Gagnon.
So far, I've done 10 of his paintings. And I've purchased more lessons that I haven't completed yet.
Some of my favorite finished paintings from his series:
I painted this for Mother's Day 2010.
This was another gift for my mother to go with the tulip. 2011
My great-grandmother painted the cardinal on the right in 1978.
I painted the one on the left in 2012.
I also paint at a place called Wine & Design. They have a calendar, you pick the date with the painting you like. They supply all the materials and a teacher stands at the front painting along with you offering instruction. It's a lot of fun, although I take much longer when I do paintings at home so I feel like the ones I do at Wine & Design are not of the same quality. But that's my shortcoming, not theirs.

This was an anniversary gift to my boyfriend.

I painted this for a friend that loves fall.
Oct 2013

I haven't painted at home in a long time, though. I started a series of birds but haven't finished the first one.

Hopefully it'll look something like this.
Painting makes me feel accomplished. I've started and finished something and have something beautiful to show for it. It's also hard to say something is your hobby if you never do it. I don't cake decorate anymore, although I still enjoy baking. There's something especially satisfying about being creative though.

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