Taking this class felt amazing. At first I thought I don't have 2 hours to spare, but then I decided to try it out, and it was the best decision. I always feel like someone is going to judge my work, so I don't like to practice, I always want to create a good, finished piece. Also, I really like quick results, and I don't want to "waste" my time on something that is not 'framable'. I have two small children (2 yr old and a 3 yr old) and we paint a lot. I always get into it, we put a big ikea roll of drawing paper on the floor and we just paint. I like it, but I felt like it wasn't giving me the benefit of practicing. I felt like if I don't have an idea, concept or a purpose, it's not practice - it's just wasting my time. Despite that, I painted like a child with my own kids. I like it, and I always create something abstract, I like filling up the empty spaces on paper.
Now, after taking this class, I don't fell obliged to paint nicely. I learned a lot by doing my crazy scribbles. I will do it often. I just need to buy more paper :D
First I jus took an A4 watercolor paper, and just had fun with colors I don't usually use together or next to each other. From this exercise I know, I'm not a big fan of mixing colors all day long. I need a bigger pallet that will allow me to paint more, and mix less, so I don't waste too much time on that. I reaaaaally like my top circle with the light blue and creamy brown next to the orange center. I don't know why, but I ejoy looking at it :D
Then I did some painting with my kids. It wasn't as calming, because of course they were fighting and stuff, but I'm no new to this game - I did the exercise with lines first, so they won't interrupt it later ;)
After those I decided to try out the one color exercise - I like the way it turned out! I mixed some yellow and green into my blue, for fun.
This was the last piece - my kids were fighting and taking my paints and brushes, someone stepped on it (I think) - because they were done with painting with me ;) But I really wanted to paint an ugly, easy, quick landscape and they really helped by making me angry xD
So this was the last one. It's an ikea fake plant, no bigger than an orange. It was just standing there, so I picked the biggest brush I had, and turned this plastic fella into a masterpiece. I used a lot of pigment on that one, on a wet on wet background, and then I used a paper towel and just dabbed the whole painting with it. I like the effect I get with using the towel. I am so happy with my ugly plant!
I feel refreshed. The first piece was he best. I will do it more often. I also want to paint spontaneously more often - without sketching and thinking about too much.
And about that title - I have two kids, and now I let my inner child out. Now there is three of us in the house :) And my poor husband :P