I have been envious of talented visual artists, including a few of my family members, for most of my adult life. I can’t draw anything without a ruler and sharp pencil. My daughter and wife got me started working with acrylics. I still can’t paint with a brush, but I have a blast with a pallet of acrylic bright colored paint, a canvas and a sea sponge or pallet knife. Most of my paintings are done with a sponge. I have a few different sponges I like.
I usually don’t know what I am going to paint when I start out. I love what purple and yellow do together. I will start by sponging a canvas with the various beautiful shades of brown that come from the combination, and the painting will take on a character of it’s own. Many times the finished painting does not even show the purple and yellow combination that I started with. It makes a beautiful backdrop, which is called negative space in the painting world. Again check out youtube.com and see what artists are doing with acrylic paint.
I get most of the materials I need from Michael’s with their 40% off coupons. Acrylic paint is water soluble when it is wet, so cleanup is easy. Even if you think you can’t paint go to Michael’s and pick up a few canvasses and an assortment of your favorite colors. I don’t use a pallet, but a stack of the cheapest white paper plates available and throw the top one away when I am done with that color combination. Take a sea sponge and start blotting the paint on the canvas. If you don’t like that painting try another painting right over the top of it. Most of my paintings have a few beneath them.
A few of my paintings can be seen on my Youtube video page on the “Classical Gas” video. Some of my favorites are attached below.