On Painting

Two things sparked my interesting in painting yesterday. First, John Paul moving rooms means an entire room in the house needs to be painted. That has to happen before the furniture gets delivered. It is always easier to paint an empty room. Second, a painting at American Furniture Warehouse caught my eye. I took a picture of it. It almost inspired me to pick up painting again. I would have painted a wolf instead of a tiger.

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Painting an entire room should be relaxing. It is a task with a clear start and a defined finish. It has happened before. It will happen again. During my time at the University of Kansas, I picked up oil painting on small canvasses. I picked up painting as a stress reducer (I called it a hobby) while earning a Master of Public Administration degree. Some of the canvasses from that time period have been painted several times. It was more about the process of oil painting vs. the art that was produced. I enjoyed focusing on controlled brush strokes and the timing it takes to work with oil based paints. Some of those canvasses are in a box in the basement.

Last night we picked up some paint at Home Depot. During the course of painting the room something unexpected became very apparent. It is frustrating to paint a room that was previously not painted properly. All the defects just jump out at you. The room has roller marks on the ceiling all over the place and the trim was a mess. I’m going to have to go to Home Depot today and purchase enough paint for the trim and ceiling. My Amazon Echo speaker played a part throughout the painting process. It played a classic rock playlist that seemed to be pretty eclectic.

Learning to paint does not require that much training. Painting a room and painting a portrait are two completely different tasks. I’m only talking about painting a room. For the most part painting a room it is about being patient and respecting the amount of control any given brush provides. Yesterday, I started off by using a standard 9’ roller to apply a coat to the walls of the room. A two inch wedge cut brush was used to catch the corners, paint the bottom of the wall, and paint the top of the wall. After the first coat of paint was dry, I applied a second coat of paint with the roller.

This morning when the sun comes up we will be able to see if I missed any spots.

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