Dirck Nagy wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:31 pm
[*]Get a few tubes of acrylic artist paint (not too many; 4 or 5 common colors should do) and some acid-free paper. (just plain old 8.5 x 11 paper) Paint some abstract paintings. (NOTHING representational
...! Pure abstract!
Try things like different brush directions, thickness of paint, water washes, daubing paint on with a cloth or knife, mixing paint incompletely, tracing a shape as a stencil, painting over pieces of tape and then pulling them off, etc... Avoid planning! Paint very quickly!
After expending a few dozen sheets of paper, you might find one of them interesting. Now, mount that painting on a larger, plain white, plain black, or grey background. (I would try some canvas and gesso it and glue your painting on in the middle, or use poster matting and mounting, etc.) Now, hang it on a bare wall. Look at it.
If you get the inclination, please let me know how it worked!
I like that idea.
At age 45 (1995) I enrolled at Chabot Community College in Hayward, CA. By then my laborer days were over as a demolition worker. I went to the school originally to learn to weld. My Dad was a welder too and also played guitar. Prior to that I had taken a 6 week welding class through the union and got a taste for it. After enrolling I also took math, art history, drawing, oil painting, photography and a 6 week machine shop class. I loved using the mill and lathe. I was disappointed when they cancelled the metal sculpture class.
The units were very cheap and I was at school more than I was at home. I loved going there and made so many new friends from all over the world with 3 being from Vietnam. When I was a stupid kid I hated school and did a year for truancy. At the college I had a 4.0 GPA and made the Dean's list. This is maybe something you could try down the road. I also do plenty of yard work here, believe me. Chainsaw, hedger, mower and DR trimmer plus I haul it all to the free dump. I also mow and trim at a friend's property and he pays me. Nice to get a little extra cash.