Why I Started This Site
So what inspired this blog, you may be asking? Well a lot of things. yes, that is me in the picture to the left and a few paintings on the wall that I did. And the guitar, well, now let’s just say that it’s a conversation piece. I did attempt to play it a few times, but then when I decided I wasn’t ready to be musically inclined I “blinged” it up with splatter paint and a few faux rhinestones.
It’s not the first object I’ve done that to. I’ve painted up a lamp, clocks, you name it…
That’s me and my cat Cosmo in the image below. Cosmo is my inspiration muse. She is a very sweet cat who loves attention. You may see her in a few other pictures here because when I get stuff out to photograph she is always looking to see what I am getting ready to do next (Cats by their very nature are so nosy -Gotta love ’em!).
In the left corner are 2 decorative wall hangings I made out of clay a number of years ago – one representing the Hammer of Thor “Mjoellner” (from Norse mythology-not the Marvel Comic series) I was interested in medieval history which inspired the second piece – it represents the cross from the Crusades in Europe.
I made both of them using a product called “Sculpey” that I use my own oven for. I later on painted and glazed them.
Where Do I Get Inspiration?
Glad you asked! I started out taking watercolor lessons in grade school. Good times! I had a great teacher too by the way. Watercolors are great, but they can be very unforgiving. Especially for a second-grader like I was at the time. Eventually I got into other paint types – gouache, tempera, and then finally, acrylics.
The Long Story Short…
I attended a junior college with a phenomenal art teacher, where I got to study painting and ceramics, mainly, to get that piece of paper. But that’s no substitute for application and enjoyment! This was 2003, by the way, and we were working in oils. Yep, for a grade and all.
I would always leave my “work-in-progress” paintings back in the classroom. Later on, though, there were times I wanted to keep on honing my skills. I always had a set of acrylic paints I would use. For starters, I didn’t have to worry about using turpentine.
So no funky smell, in case my roommate was sensitive. I could still keep working at my favorite hobby, and clean up at the end of the day with water, and not worry that if I accidentally bumped the edges of the canvas, I’d end up with painty fingers.
From then on, acrylics have always been my go-to favorite type of paint which led to me developing this site. And here you are.
Some Closing Thoughts…
Well, that’s pretty much the long and short of things….It is my sincere hope you will enjoy all the different articles on here and learn something new you didn’t before, and have fun in the process!
Some of the posts may contain affiliate links which means I will be receiving commissions; please exercise due diligence and be sure the merchant clicked over to is featuring the same product being discussed here; so you can find the best products for your endeavors. You can read my full disclosure here.
Some of them I will use to feed my needy cats, as well as more supplies😁🐱.
Enjoy your visit!