I recently took up paints and brush again, this time trying my hand at acrylic paints. Tried once when I was a young adult but hated the results so I put it away. Since the opening of The Art Establishment in Fountain Hill, PA ( just over the Bethlehem border), I’ve learned that my mistake was in not thinning the paints, using them straight out of the tube. Acrylic paints work *much* better for me when thinned to the consistency of heavy cream!
After two wine and paint parties, I decided to try my hand at painting something original. I laid down the background and foreground, then got a little stuck. I posted a pic on FB of the started picture and asked what I should do next, figuring someone would say something to trigger the right thinking that would led to the correct path on which to proceed.
I was not disappointed; a friend told me that the foreground looked like the cliffs of New Mexico, which just happens to be where Chaco Canyon is located. Of course I immediately googled pictures of Chaco Canyon.
I need to visit Chaco Canyon on of these years. When I was driving for Charlie several years ago, I passed a sign indicating I was near Chaco Canyon and I became strangely emotional. This happened every time I saw the signs for Chaco Canyon, and I knew it was a Place of Importance for me. Sad truth about driving for a living is you seldom have time to stop and see the sights, so I never did.
It was surreal. When I first laid the lines on the canvas, I made a fairly sharp dip in the center, but then I made it less pronounced because I thought it would look better less steep. The first Chaco Canyon picture I saw was of cliffs that had the same steep dip as I originally drew. To tell you the truth, it kinda freaked me out a little that I was drawing something from an area where I had never been. The idea grew on me quickly, though, and since I do believe in reincarnation, it started to feel normal by day’s end.
I’m still stuck, but now my problem is deciding which path to take with the picture. Do I paint from memory/imagination, or do I find a picture to guide me?