Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Thank You, Marc Charles

The internet is an amazing place. Where else could I learn to paint this wonderful silhouette for free in the comfort of my own home?

Thank you, Marc Charles, for making this beginner YouTube video!!!  If you want to learn to paint... check out Marc's videos. He is a wonderful teacher.  He was so confident that anyone could learn to do this that I just had to try it.  I am amazed that I created this painting.  Simply amazed.

It is done on a 4x6 inch piece of cardboard.  I gessoed the cardboard so it would not absorb so much paint. The entire painting is done with only black and white paint.   Then I followed Marc's steps for making the background.  The little tips Marc gave for the limbs were very helpful.  

I will confess... I was too chicken to paint the bird directly on the "canvas".  I painted the bird on a book page and then cut him out.  Good thing I did because the first one was way too large.  

If you had asked me yesterday if I thought I could do this painting.... I would have said, "Probably not."  I am thinking I may have to change the name of my blog to The Little Engine that Could.  I am finding that if I am willing to try, if I am willing to make an ooops, I can do all kinds of cool things. My Tag line may have to be...I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.....

Link to:  Artist Play Room,  Creative Everyday, Anything But A Card


  1. I can't believe this is your first attempt at this technique! Your painting is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Anything But a Card!

  2. I think you can! I am confident that you can!
    And so can I, so let's "can" together :-)
    Love your painting, Boo!

    1. Thanks, Bibi. It's so fun to have friends on this art journey.

  3. Visiting from the APR - Wow Boo! This is so fabulous! Bravo you for trying and DOing! My turn next (if I ever find the time, lol) :0) Mo x

  4. I KNOW you can! A wise old owl once told me - at the end of the day it's only a few bits of paper and some paint - it's not the end of the world if it doesn't turn out as you'd hoped, you will have learned so much on the journey. Oh my goodness that was a piece of Friday Philosophy - I think I need a lie down now!. Your painting is stunning, well done you. MMx

  5. Lovely achromatic painting! Wonderful!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  6. I love that you are pushing yourself... this is fabulous... can't wait to see what you tackle next... xx

  7. Beautiful! It seems as if we are peeking through branches.

  8. Beautiful job!! Keep playing with is too short to be bashful!! Have can always paint over it. Also seems like layers are the secret to so of these wonderful painting here!!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. Wow, this is fantastic. Glad you found the video. There are some really good ones for artists out there.

  10. That is really neat, Boo. I love your painting (especially as there is a bird :))

  11. What a wonderful piece of artwork -- Really good work Boo!