Stepping out of My Comfort Zone at the Art Battle in Markham

I consider this the official starting point of my acrylic and oil painting journey. Painting has always been in the back of my mind as something I'd like to get into "one day" but always had excuses for not starting. That was until I saw the Art Battle Show for the first time and I was hooked. For some reason I wanted to participate. It looked like so much fun. I even registered on their site hoping to be selected as one of the artists.

Well a couple days ago, there was a message on my Facebook wall about the Art Battle looking for a couple more artist for the competition in Markham.  Of course I jumped at the occasion and was selected as one of the artists! I was excited and nervous. What better way to start getting more serious about painting than completing a canvas in 20 minutes in front of a bunch of people, right?

I didn't go completely blind. I actually carved some time to practice at home, which was a good thing. The first couple ones were bad and I needed to get them out of my system before the competition. I was trying to figure out what I could paint there and get familiar with the brushes. I learned that 20 minutes goes by fast, but if you plan it right, it's enough time to create something great. I was also able to work out a strategy to make sure I cover the canvas.

All of all my practice runs, the thee paintings above are my favourite, all made in 20 minutes.  

Let me just start by saying that I can do a lot better than this. This is just the beginning. And by the end of the year it will be a lot better. When it was my turn to paint, I had to make a decision on the color palette. For some reason I went with the bird idea. I guess I was hoping to make it better than the one at home... Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way. (I didn't account for nervousness, lol) But the important thing is that I did it, I actually painted. And now I know what I need to work on to make it better and hopefully I'll get to do this again soon.

The other painters were amazing! A true inspiration in what can be done in 20 minutes. It was great to meet new artists and get to talk to them and hear their view on art. All in all it was a great experience. And for me, it's the start of a new challenge. I'll be painting a lot more often so that I can more accurately depicts all the ideas floating in my head :)