My latest painting is another one inspired by one of my photos from Africa. I’m calling this one, “Be Brave” because I remember seeing this little boy at the mud hut village that we visited. His expression was so serious. . . He was so little, yet his eyes looked so grown-up.
This painting was a struggle for me. . . I threw it in the trash at one point. But then I remembered that this painting adventure is going to be a journey for me. It’s frustrating right now, to have mastered photography and been at a point where I never struggled to get the image that I wanted. Now with painting I am starting all over again. I have not yet mastered the paint and the colors and the way it all works together. But I am learning slowly. And I will only continue to learn if I am brave and keep pushing myself past the difficult parts, past the frustration, past the fear that it will be ugly, or that I just can’t pull it off.
And being brave comes into play when I share this with all of you here online. I know it’s not perfect, but I am sharing this anyway. Because this is part of the journey. And I am loving it so far.
Here is the photo that my painting was inspired by:
This painting is part of a series of paintings that I am doing inspired by an online painting class that I am taking with Juliette Crane called Serendipity. It is an amazing class and I recommend it to anyone wanting to learn how to paint.
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