Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Budding Artist

So, what do you think?  Can you teach an old dawg a new trick or not?  Well, it appears that it can be done, however, only if the old dawg wants to learn a new trick.  This old dawg had his first oil painting lesson yesterday and with determination as well as a lot of instruction and patience, I may be able to pull it off.

Here’s about an hour’s worth of work.  This picture isn’t even half done yet.  I’m still working on the trees and will need to work my way down.  Gil is proving to be a really good instructor and has found at least a part of an artistic bone in my body.  I must say, that I’m really enjoying the class, but I have a lot to learn about mixing colors and technique.

First Painting About 1/3 Done

Gil has three rules:  Rule #3 – Never criticize yourself, other people will do that for you.  Rule #2 – If someone says that that isn’t quite right, tell them that’s because you’re not done with it yet and then go fix it.  Rule #1 – Give the Lord all the praise for your talents and always keep Him first in your life.  Not bad rules to live by. 

I can’t wait to get back at it again Wednesday.  Being that we have four more months here at Rainbow Plantation and that the class meets twice a week, I should be able to learn enough to paint a few paintings during our travels beginning next April.

Take Care Until Next Time - - - - -


  1. Lookin' good! I'm anxious to see it when it's done. Sure wish I could paint but I'm afraid tole painting or paint by numbers is it for me!

  2. I say you have made a fabulous start. . .my painting supplies are the only crafting item I haven't given up. Great talent. . .keep it up!

  3. The painting looks great, Darrell!! Keep at it, bro.

  4. It looks like the "old dawg" is indeed learning a new trick! Very nice!