I Guess I’ll Paint

I woke up a little earlier than normal today because Steve was expecting a delivery that needed to be signed for, and I didn’t want to miss it in case they delivered it in the morning.  Well, it’s 5:20pm and it still hasn’t arrived.  Since I stayed home from work to wait for the package (one of the nice things about owning your own business), I decided to make myself useful.  First I cleaned up the house a little bit, and then I remembered the canvases and paint I had bought the last time I was at Joann Fabrics.  What a good day to paint!  I was a little nervous at first because I’ve only ever painted at Sips ‘n Strokes, which is a place that you can go by yourself or with friends and they teach you how to paint while sipping on your favorite beverage.

But I found the courage, and decided that if I messed up, I could always just throw it away.

So I got all my supplies ready and squeezed a little acrylic paint into my plastic paint holder thingy. (What’s the correct name for that again?)  I only bought the basic primary colors because I figured I could always mix them to make whatever color I needed.

First I painted the blue background, making the edges a dark blue, and the center a light blue.

Then I used pure black paint for the tree trunk and limbs.

Next, I combined green, yellow, and white to make a light green, and painted some leaves.

I added more dark green to the mixture and painted slightly over the light green leaves to add some dimension.

Next I made a light pink by mixing red and alot of white, and painted some large flowers.  I went back over the flowers with the same color and just kind of dabbed my paint brush around to make smaller looking flowers.  Then I used the same technique with a little white paint.

The last step was to add small black dots to the centers of the large flowers, and then sign my name!  I hope you like it!  I’ll probably end up hanging this in our bedroom, since it needs a little color.

  • JulieJ said:

    Girl, this is so GORGEOUS! I'm blown away. You cook, you sew, you crochet, you take gorgeous pictures, you decorate, you paint...is there anything you CAN'T do??? :D I've painted at Sips 'n Strokes, and I need that kind of step-by-step help. Mine actually turned out pretty good, but painting just isn't a gift I have. I hope you enjoy looking at your new beauty hanging on the wall!


    • Julie, you always make my day with your sweet comments. I'm lucky to have you as a reader. :-) And yes, there are several things I can't do. Gardening is one of them! I have a black thumb...not a green one. For example, I had some rose bushes that I purchased from Home Depot. I planted 6 and had 2 left that I just kinda left in the garage and didn't water or provide sunlight to other than the minimal light that comes through the window on the other side of the garage. Those 2 plants were growing WAY better than the ones that I had planted in the ground. A few weeks later, I planted those 2 thriving bushes in full sunlight with tons of miracle grow mixed in with the soil and the next day they were both completely wilted. It's a curse I tell you!!!!

  • Pam Pentland said:

    Oh honey, you'll master that in no time. I think it's your lousy clay soil. . .very difficult material in which to grow plants. Perhaps at your next house you will have better soil. Are you going to pot some plants, as I suggested, for Elizabeth's shower? That will be very pretty and provide the color that you need. BTW, your picture is very pretty! :)

    • Thanks, Mom. Yah I probably will. I'm almost hoping for rain that day so we don't have to be outside and look at my pathetic plants. :-)

  • Aunt Sally said:

    Your painting is lovely, Joanna. Another natural gift. The painting thingy is called a pallette. Love to see you do a lion painting. I'd commission you for it for my lion room. Love you.

    • Ah yes, a palette. I remember now. :-) I could try to do a lion. I'd just have to find a painting that I think I could copy. I'm not good at making up paintings or drawings in my head. I have to see it and then copy it unfortunately. Let me see what I can find.

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