Learn from Michelle

A Place on the Fridge

Excited little girl
“All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.” -Bob Ross
Let me tell you about the photo I started with for this painting:
1) It was low resolution.
2) This precious little girl was wearing pink overalls and a white shirt.
3) The necklace was tucked in her white shirt, and the chain was bulky.
4) The low resolution gave her a poorly defined hairline.
5) Her posture was based on her arms being out to her sides and slightly forward (NOT behind her back)
6) The angle of the photo made her bright orange hair ties stick out.
Now, all of these things were challenges to begin a painting, but the only thing I needed to see was this little girl's face to know I wanted to paint her. Why?
This isn't to brag. It has taken years for me to get to this level of skill and comfortability, but just like this sweet little girl, I was excited about the challenge before me.
I know my tools, I have taught myself, and I had already found the perfect dress to modify and make her look like she was on her way to Sunday school. 😊
As a young child, pure excitement and encouragement from our parents can keep us coloring and drawing. The greatest prize of all is getting a spot on the fridge. However, as we grow older, something about that outlook changes. The refrigerator door is no longer as high praise as we once thought it to be.
It is easy to get frustrated and downtrodden along your artistic journey if you continue like a child in that you stay alone and only rely on praise to keep you going. But with the right tools, instruction, and vision, you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to do!
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
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