One of my goals for 2017 is to create more art. In 2014 I took a painting class with my teenagers and fell in love with painting. It’s easy to put off creating in favor of teaching them or running them to activities. However, I’d love to improve my skill and the only way to do so is to paint more.
This painting was inspired by April’s monthly art challenge at PaintMyPhoto. What I enjoy most about the art challenges is it gets me thinking about what to paint next with a different perspective.
The challenge was to create a painting using complementary colors. Complementary colors are colors opposite of each other in the color wheel. Some possible combinations could be blue and orange, green and red, or purple and yellow. While the contest did allow for other colors to be worked into the painting, I decided to limit my colors to phthalo blue, white, and orange to see what I could do.
I selected a zebra for its simplicity in colors. Painting the zebra colors I wouldn’t normally pick helped me not worry about getting everything exactly the same as the picture. It definitely forced me to let go of my perfectionism. Each time I got hung up on the exact placement of the stripes I’d ask myself: how many orange zebras have you seen? Just the question makes me smile.
Before I did the acrylic painting, I did a watercolor sketch in my art journal. I’m teaching myself watercolor so that I can paint easier on the go (especially outdoors). The sketch below was done with a field sketch set of watercolors.
Both paintings were fun to do.
If you have complementary paintings you have completed, I’d love to see them.