You’ve probably heard of Inktober, the annual Nanowrimo of the art world. Well, they have a specific rule (you know, using ink) that I don’t like, so I’m making my own damn tober. My goal is to make an art every day through the whole month. I’m not limiting myself to medium, and I’m not using a bound journal, so I’ll just call this a loose interpretation. I do what I want.

You might also know that I’ve been learning to paint. As someone with only one drawing class ten years ago under her belt, I have no idea what I’m doing. I started with YouTube tutorials, specifically with The Art Sherpa, who paints with acrylics, and The Frugal Crafter, who uses watercolors. I’ve amassed a collection of art and art supplies, and I’ve even painted several watercolors without using tutorials.

I am soooooo not saying I’m any good at it, and that’s okay with me. Or at least I’m trying to make it okay with me. It’s about the process, right? Well, that featured photo is my #Artober attempt for today. I’ll try to post a new one every day, and hopefully I’ll get a little better by the end of the month. My favorite part of this one is the grass – I’m actually pretty proud of that part – and my least favorite is the background trees. It would have worked better with trees that went over the top and trees painted over them with gouache. It also would have been better if I would have not added the orange at the end. Meh. But! I learned how to dry-brush in grass, and that’s something!

Here’s a painting a I like a lot more, though in my head it doesn’t count as much because it’s from a YouTube tutorial on how to paint trees. I definitely didn’t follow these directions when I painted those birches, but hopefully someday soon I’ll see the results of all these tutorials in my original paintings. Or I’ll just give up and paint a bunch of tutorials and nothing else. There sure are enough of them around the internet.

And oh, yes, there are puppy pictures. Those are coming, but they need their own post, and I could barely scrape together time to paint that landscape and write this post.

Oh! And Palmer, who is actually Good at art, is participating in the real Inktober! Check out his drawings on Twitter!

We’ll see if I can keep this up. I have no idea what I’ll be painting, and I have to go back to work tomorrow!