|Bird House Finch|
acrylic on bird house
Its been sitting on my work table for over a month waiting patiently for inspiration to be mustered up and some idea to blossom and grow. The house was already primed and ready to be painted - but the prime coat immediately nixed any idea of it having a waxy coating. It had to be painted.... in acrylic.
As you all know, I paint with wax. Acrylic is not my "thing", nor do I really know how to use them. But, I do have them - hand me downs from my Dad. So, this little bird house sat.. waiting.
I Googled painted bird houses to see if I could find some inspiration. Nope. So, I pondered and the bird house sat. My stress level was going up and I'd wake up at night wondering what in the world I was going to do with the bird house. The deadline is beginning to draw closer and my stress level kept increasing.
Lucky for me, a good friend suggested that I steer clear of trying anything decorative which is not my thing and focus on what is my thing - birds. Birds on a bird house - great idea! Why didn't I think of that!? But birds need flowers, and I love flowers - so that's how the body of the house came about. I also Googled what kinds of birds live in bird houses. Seemed silly to paint birds that don't actually live in them. There was a list, but surprisingly enough, there really aren't that many. Even fewer of them live in my area - so the list was easy to diminish to just a handful - and then, easy for me to pick the one to be part of this artistic adventure - my favorite little red headed bird - the House Finch.
|photo by Chuck Starr|
I'm pretty pleased with my acrylic attempt. I learned a lot and found a few similarities to painting with wax - but I have to say... I really don't care much for cleaning brushes and palettes and paint that dries on my palette, .. brushes that harden when left out of water and having to varnish. But, with that said - there were things about the acrylics that I did like which will bring me around to playing with them a little more :)
Happy Friday - Paint On!