Sometimes my projects come out great! I usually show you those. Other times...not so much. Like this one.
One time I thought it would be a good idea to paint this on a canvas:
|Oxford, England from that same trip in 2005 that I keep blogging about.|
One major problem: I hate drawing, painting, reproducing architecture in art. Not my strong suit! What's with the wrought iron fences in the foreground and background?! I can't paint straight lines! What was I thinking?
I started painting Alyssa in the corner of the canvas and had such a hard time with skin tone, that I almost threw out the whole project. I wasn't excited about the boring background, so I gave up on painting it from the picture. I decided to take it in a different direction...
...by adding a dragon.
It seemed like the right decision. I painted them having a coffee date, naturally. Then I thought, "What will I do with this background? I hate painting architecture." So I painted a colorful sky. But that was too boring, so I added hot air balloons.
That's how it ended up like this:
|I call it, "Dragon Coffee Date"|
I know you want to ask, "What the heck?" but I already explained it to you.
So I did. In the back bedroom that we use as an office/craft room.
It's been hiding in the closet for years. I thought about doing another canvas upgrade like I did with my fabulous painting, so I was looking for something to use and came across this. I couldn't cover it, Dragon Coffee Date is just too funny to cover up. I laugh every time I look at it.
I hope this inspires you to reach new heights with your art and home decor skills.
P.S. I also painted that using different paints: half acrylic and half oil. Can you tell which parts are painted with which paint?
P.P.S. I believe this painting was what awakened my Pete's Dragon obsession, which I forced upon all my friends at my joint birthday party that year:
That's an Elliot pinata.
Please note that inviting your friends to a party and forcing them to watch a strange movie from your childhood doesn't always go over well. At least we had a pinata!