A little green beginning
Has it really been a month? It can’t of surely and get the dates imply it must have. No richer and no wiser but here we are.
As a miserly mid-week offering I thought I might share how I came to be teaching myself (sort-of, not-really) to paint.
I’ve never been a painter, I’ve always been a drawer. My pictures were generally products of an overactive imagination and no Netflix subscription (ah those halcyon days of pre-internet procrastination) and were always very detailed and generally black and white.
Colour didn’t do much for me.
But then I stopped drawing (I know I know my bad but law school, law job, law life…no life)… and stopped producing anything creative at all. I was interested in other people’s creative outputs though and I did (and still do) read a variety of DIY and home-style-y blogs.
One of these was a little gem I'd stumbled across call Little Green Notebook and one day there was this post about how she had picked up an old canvas and set to creating a piece of art in an afternoon for the kitchen.
Having recently become the owner of a gloriously sparse and white kitchen myself I was quite intrigued by this idea to add colour without expense. The blog assured me that no art skills were necessary and that one could just have a daub.
And then another. Daub. Daub. Daub.
I remember painting the watermelon first and the whole time thinking through gritted teeth ‘it just looks like a green basketball this is the worst, let’s go watch Netflix and pretend this never happened’. But then, right at the end, when I was randomly ‘squiggle-ing’ (new word) lines on the surface it seemed to click a little and become a fruit.
And generally I feel like that afternoon kept clicking. The grapefruit took form. So did the fig. And this little idea was born… that perhaps this was something I could do. Not then in any real or committed sense but a notion that perhaps it was something I enjoyed, something I could explore. And that dream grew, much larger than the avocado seed (which sadly remains distractingly small), and here we are.
Painting and playing and hoping and hustling.
ps. if you're curious or wish to try your own hand at an apple or two, this is her guide and I think it's pretty brilliant fun - http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/fruit-painting.html