OK so I am setting about learning to paint in my usual way: a logical build up, but no set direction.
I asked questions about easels and then built one in the response to advice from my blogging-buddies.
I then researched mediums, favouring oils or tempera but ending up with acrylics simply because I was given a pile of them, to which I've added a few more.
I bought 20 canvases.
Bought brushes and a set of palette knives and some books. I watched a few videos on the internet.
I'm the sort who has to dive in, I really can't be bothered with test pieces, or exercises. So here, after 3 weeks of preparing and positioning myself, is my first effort. The first time I have ever painted!
I felt as if I were doing needle-point with blacksmiths tools. The brushes felt awkward they went were they wanted to go and not were I wanted them to go. As you can imagine, for a pen & ink man who works accurately, this was a bit of an awakening! However, I had bought a book on brushes and brush strokes and began using them (almost) properly.
My next problem was mixing paints - here Sandra Busby's advice on learning Colour Theory (almost) started to pay off. I watched a video on the internet and improved my mixing technique which made the vase come out reasonably well.
Lessons I have Learnt
When I get too precious with the subject I over paint (the roses)
When I relax and go with the intuition my work improves (vase)
I need to learn about Mediums and Glosses
I need to learn about glazes in acrylics as they dry quickly.
I must draw everything accurately: the tray is badly drawn as I was keen to start painting.
I would welcome a constructive critique.