Friday, February 11, 2005

Paint By Numbers

My sweet wife gave me a painters starter kit for Christmas. It had 5 or 6 colors, a slew of brushes and a real nice easel. I thought I'd give it a go. The inspiration for this piece was a snapshot from a friends vacation in the Rocky Mountains. I call it "Summer Melt Off". I listened to Radiohead's "The Bends" CD while dabbling: Have a look, tell me what you think!

Summer Melt Off
by Craig Willms (c) 2005

Unfortunately my digital camera sucks, so it is a little dull and blurry... I particularly like the little Bush in the lower right-hand corner - I call it Dubya. You can almost see the glacier melting and the water winding it's way through the mountains before it spills into the lake in a series of spectacular waterfalls.


TJ Willms said...

Not too shabby for a first major effort in many a moon. I probably would have fiddled with more color variation in the foliage but I tend to be too heavy handed in that arena. I like the composition it's oustanding.

Keep working with the basic palate for a while and branch out with subtle touches of more exotic colors when you reach your comfort zone. I'm learning that "less is more," does not only apply to womens make-up and mens cologne. Remember the canvas tells no lies, but sometimes in painting we do have a happy accident...

Vixter said...

I asked my doctor if I would be able to paint after my wrist surgery. He said yes. That's great - I couldn't paint before.

Nice of your wife. Where can I get one of those starter kits?