My new hobby is painting. I’m not very good at it. That doesn’t matter, though. It’s calming. Relaxing. Therapeutic. And so talent be damned, I sit out back with brush in hand, some music on, a drink nearby, and I paint. Most of my August weekends were spent painting, and damn was it a great way to wind down and get my head cleared.
So I thought I’d share the few pieces I’ve done. After all, aren’t self-indulgent, “hey everybody, look at me!” posts exactly what a blog is for?
This is “Florida Sunset,” and you might recognize this photo as the inspiration. It’s a bit sloppy. Intentionally so; I wasn’t trying to capture detail, just impressions.
I thought I’d try to paint an object and decided on something “beachy.” Instead it looks like a sloppy beer ad. But whatever. Lesson learned.
Film aficionados may recognize it as the most famous still from Akira Kurosawa’s epic masterpiece, Seven Samurai. But generally you may just notice the lack of detail. Yeah, that’s because I don’t feel that I have the skill to pull it off, so I opted to stick with a more impressionistic approach rather than botch the job completely. Maybe some day. But not yet. Still, I’m generally pleased with the effort.
I’m enjoying this. I think I may keep doing it.