The Beginning

I never really had any formal training in painting before. I did have the privilege of taking art in school but we focused mostly on, the color theory, different periods of arts and still life drawings. It wasn’t until my final year, taking AS Level art did I have the opportunity to explore concept development and mixing my own style. However, I never really painted. I was always to afraid, and would stick to what I knew; which was Pencils and pattern designs.

At University I didn’t really have the time to practice my art, I majored in Strategic Communication. Apart of my course was advertising, here I had the opportunity to learn Digital Design; Creating layouts, logos, and concepts. I loved learning how to re-create my hand drawn designs into logo’s or patterns.  I explored into a field which was new to me, and helps me today at work. However, I promised myself that I’ll learn how to paint. What ever it takes to learn.

After Graduating University, I signed up for one – on – one art classes, it was the best thing I did for myself. My instructor was amazing, she was extremely talented and she was constantly pushing me to do better. I explained to her that I wanted to paint like the greats; like Degas, referencing his  The Ballet Class,  I wanted to learn how to create paintings from the post impression and impression periods.

We began by painting “The one” referencing a painting from an Italian Artist’ that was being sold at the store. We focused on one section of the artists’ painting.

Mapping out the drawing, I did go into much detail, something I had to learn not do while painting. I had to adapt to do fast sketching and relay on my painting to fill in the blanks.

The mountains, painting them was an eye opening experience, I was so afraid of mixing colors on the canvas and not per-mixing the colors. I gained confidence in painting straight from the tube.

The sky! The Sky! The sky, it did it for me, I couldn’t believe it. How simple yet effective painting was. How to angle your brush to get the effect. Painting the sky reflected into painting the Sea. I loved reflected the mountains into the Sea. That really gave it the realistic feel.

The Railing, this by far was the most difficult for me to paint. I have an issue with perspective, I just couldn’t see it. I had to struggle to see the perspective. Honestly this was the first time during the classes that I was struggling. I found it very frustration to focus and using the right colors. I remember being very annoyed with myself that I just couldn’t seem to figure it out. But with the help if my instructor I learned. Today I do avoid elements with perspective as I am not that confident, but it doesn’t stop me from trying.

All most there. Having the shrubs and tree there really brought the piece together.

‘The One’
I called The One, because it is the painting that started it all for me, I began to believe in myself. This painting took almost 10 hours in total, one hour sessions.

The journey of this paint was transformative. I realized that I do have a talent I just needed to work on it. Writing this now its been almost year since I painted it. I never realized how much emotion it brings to me. I was a fresh graduate, just started at my job. This painting has a piece of my heart because it made me believe in myself.

I was always told art was a hobby and I shouldn’t waste time on it, painting this piece was the moment I said to myself its no longer a hobby, it is who I am. I am an artist. And art is what I shall make.

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