Go Big or Go Home: Art

So I’m terrible at art, and always have been. My mom would always tell me that it was genetic and I shouldn’t worry about it because she sucks at art too. I don’t know if that’s actually true or part of the trauma incurred when a bitchy art teacher told her to never take another art class again, but I’ve been hearing it my whole life. The last time I had an art class in school we were gluing pieces of tissue paper to other paper and drawing hand turkeys, so no real help on that front either.

I'm just going to leave this here as evidence

I’m just going to leave this here as evidence

I wish I could draw. It’s something I’ve wanted to change about myself for a long time. So this summer I decided to do something about it. I decided to take an art class. And instead of beginning drawing or whatever, I signed up for watercolors because, hey, go big or go home. This may have turned out to be a terrible mistake. The first day was fun, all painting squares blue. I can totally do that. Then the second day it became “draw this apple and make it look real with shadows and three dimensions and everything” and I felt like I had skipped a few classes. I’m still trying my best, but it’s hard.

My fruit has more mold than shadows, but that's realistic too, I guess

My fruit has more mold than shadows, but that’s realistic too, I guess

At least you can kind of tell what all these are, right? Unlike week three, where I spent a careful 30 minutes painting a gross green blob:

It's an artichoke, actually

It’s an artichoke, actually

But, really, when am I ever going to want to paint an artichoke? I’m okay with being bad at that. This week we start flowers!!

11 responses to “Go Big or Go Home: Art”

  1. mom ladd says:

    So Proud of you Tricia!

  2. Caitlin says:

    I totally knew it was an artichoke. Your pear is really good. I like them!

    • pladd says:

      Thanks! Usually when I interact with artichokes they are already squishy and white so I was kind of confused and intimidated by this green spiky thing.

  3. Cynthia Bova says:

    I love your watercolors!! I think this is awesome!

    • pladd says:

      Thank you!!!! I kind of wish we could do still-lives of random things like office supplies or mailboxes instead of vegetables, but whatever

  4. Karol says:

    Tricia, You are soooo talented! Excellent work!

  5. M says:

    These are really good!
    Your first ones are really pretty and the mushrooms and pear look awesome (not to mention the artichoke is totally recognizable regardless of its intimidation factor). keep the faith! you’ll be illustrating your books in no time :)

  6. Shadows are unreasonably hard

    You have my empathy

    This is kind of making me want to learn how to paint

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