Painting With Acrylics

I’ve started learning to paint with acrylics. Classes one evening per week, for ten weeks. How successful will I be, and how good will I become? No idea. It’ll take a lot longer than the ten weeks before I’m really satisfied with what I manage to do, and I can say this with the knowledge that the nine first evenings are over. So there’ll be much painting after the course is over too.

But of course, that’s what I intended anyway; learn how to paint, so that I have a new hoppy to spend some time on. Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to paint as much outside of the classes as I hoped, due to Real Life TM being filled with not only fun stuff. But I’m not complaining – I’m having fun with painting.

A grey box

The first evening was a test to see what we could do: A simple motive in black and white. Or rather, various grey tones.

Our first task: Paint a grey box

The lesson here was for us to learn how to mix black and white to make the various needed grey tones, get the right perspective on the box, and actually paint it. Our teacher could then see where the different of us needed help, which varied a lot: Some had painted before, others not at all.

Homework after this was to find a picture we’d like to paint. Abstract or naturalistic, that was up to us.

My first “real” acrylic painting

I found a lot of potential pictures before I settled for a photo of an old building partly in ruins.

My painting after 4-5 evenings

So I primed the canvas with a dirty ochre colour, so that a bright white canvas won’t fool the eyes and make it harder to get the correct colour values, outlined the motive with a coloured pencil, and started painting.

It is quite a bit more detailed than the simple, grey box, so it should come as no surprise that it took longer than one evening. The picture I show here is after for or five evenings (plus a bit at home) – but there are still a few details I want to change a bit before I get it as I want. However, I thought it was finished enough for me to start another picture.

That picture is still unfinished, and not one I’d like to show here right now. Someday I will though. A fantasy motive with a castle and a flying dragon in the moonlight.

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Oh dear …

Ten years. Ten. Almost.
What excuse do I have? Why haven’t I updated this blog since 2008? To be honest, I don’t really know. True, I have at times been way too tired to think of anything but eat and sleep after work (slightly exaggerated) but – that doesn’t count for all the time. I’ve also been busy with other things, but still…
Well – let’s hope I’ll manage to get some life back into the blog now.
Cross your fingers. 🙂
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Assuming too much?

I got sort of a business proposal in the mail today. In the domain name business. The situation is, my domain name seems to be too attractive not to make a bid for. To quote the email:

Dear owner of dionaea.com,

I noticeded that your domain “dionaea.com” expires in a few weeks, which means that it is going to be publicly available soon. I’d like to buy this domain name before it expires.

I assume that you are not interested in keeping it for yourself.

I can buy this domain for $60 plus any renewal related expenses. What do you think?

I’ll leave out the name of the sender, that’s not important.

So, I get an offer for my domain. Fair enough. If one want something, it’s always worth a try asking if there’s a chance getting it, for some amount of money or other. I don’t mind getting an offer.

What gets to me though, is the followup, where the sender of the mail assumes that I’m not interested in keeping the domain for myself. Uhm, excuse me? I not only have the domain name, I also have a web site under that domain, and it’s most certainly in use. This blog admittedly hasn’t been updated in a while, but that’s just one part of the site. In order to be able to do all I do on this domain, I’m most certainly interested in keeping it for myself. Anyone’s more than welcome to visit though, and hopefully get some pleasure or use from these pages.

So sorry, the domain is not for sale. It will be renewed, as usual.
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