Way back in April 2020, I signed up for a drawing class over Zoom on a whim. I was bored and home all the time, and hobbies I had previously enjoyed (meeting friends, going out to eat, gaming in person, theater), were suddenly off the table. That class was one of the better decisions I have made! It was all about drawing hands, which are not easy to draw.
I was pleasantly surprised my drawings did not look like they were done by a toddler, and continued with the class. Then I took a watercolor class. Then I took another drawing class. And I have not stopped taking art classes and now it is just over two years later and I decided to try to draw a hand once again.
Seeing obvious improvement makes me feel so satisfied! I am so excited for whatever comes next!
More than a year ago, I started doing artwork, most drawing with graphite. Soon after that, I took over the guest room as my dedicated office space. We used to have guests at least once a month, but didn’t have any last year and none so far this year. Nevertheless, the bed is still in the room, but in a way that it looks more like a sofa than a bed. My dog uses it a lot while I’m working too. So I knew any design would have to include the bed.
I mention the bed because it takes up an entire, unbroken wall (except for an outlet that’s in a very odd place). This room was painted white on three walls and dark green on another by the previous owner many years ago. We bought the house more than eight years ago, and it looked newish then. Since I’ve been working in this room for the better part of a year, I got bored with the color. But instead of just painting it one color, I wanted to paint a wall mural. The wall is on the eastern side of the room, so I wanted to depict a sunrise. Note that I am a nerd and got out my compass, so the sun painted on the wall is exactly east when standing in the center of the room.
After watching a bunch of videos on YouTube, I was convinced I could do it in three days. HAHAHAHA! In reality, it took longer than a month from painting a sample to scale, sketching on the wall in pencil, buying the paint, priming the green wall, painting the other three walls a very light sort of rose-grey color called Winter Morning, painting the trim, painting the actual mural, doing touch-ups, and re-arranging furniture. I only bought three colors for the mural, a dark purple, a dark orange, and white. I mixed them for the shadows and highlights, and I added in my own acrylics (red, black, and green).
Overall, I am happy, but now I am thinking about doing a gallery wall elsewhere in the room, so another project is forthcoming!