Last year I made a foray into the world of acrylic painting. I’ve got the creative bug and since I’ve got lots of spare time due to illness, I like to learn about and try different things. I love to take classes at the local community college or adult ed.
This particular class’ s goal was for us to learn about the painting process by copying a great master’s work. I love the Impressionists, I love Monet, and my favorite color is blue, so I picked this painting entitled “The Beach at Sainte-Adresse 1867“. I enjoy the dreamy look of his paintings.
Here’s my version:
Compare to Monet painting:
I’ll admit for a first try I didn’t do too badly, but no one could ever accuse me of forgery. And Monet is not doing “the rotisserie” in his grave. But I found I didn’t enjoy painting too much for this reason: I have to use acrylics; due to a health problem I’m not allowed to use oil paints and especially not solvents. So for each special color I needed, I had to mix up special color batches of paint. This would be no big deal, except that acrylics dry quite fast and if you don’t paint quickly, the paint in the palette dries up and you have to mix another batch – and just like matching paint on a car, you have to hope you can get close to the same color you had before (or else paint the whole area again, a vicious circle).
Now that I bought all the accoutrements of painting, maybe I’ll just try to paint my own original composition. I need drawing lessons though. My grasp of perspective is elementary at best.