Landscape Oil Paintings
How I Began To Paint ©️2019
In January of 2017, I began a journey into a life without alcohol. That's right, I'm an alcoholic.
I'm also a U.S. Army veteran, which is how I ended up in the V.A. Domiciliary in Leavenworth, Kansas.
While I was there primarily for treatment of my alcoholism, they did have various recreational pass times. The one that I chose was Arts and Crafts. They had the basic crafts, leather work, ceramics, model making, drawing and of course, painting.
I tried my hand at all of them. I wanted to paint, but they had limited painting supplies. So, I decided to purchase my own supplies. I got everything I needed to paint, $300.00 worth. What can I say, I'm an alcoholic and alcoholics do everything to the extreme, at least yours truly did!
Sadly, I wasn't very good. My first paintings were cartoonish. But the staff and the other vets encouraged me to keep going.
Five months later I graduated from the V.A. treatment program and I moved in to a modest one bedroom apartment in downtown Leavenworth. Up till now I had only painted with watercolors.
Watercolors and acrylics are hard to work with, as they dry almost immediately. If you make a mistake it is almost impossible to correct.
I decided to try my hand at painting with oils. Once again, I went to the extreme and ordered $500.00 worth of oil paint supplies. Oil paints is a very forgiving medium. If you make a mistake, just take your pallet knife and scrape it off and start over. And, that's what I did, paint and scrape, over and over again.
One day I was watching public television and The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross came on. I thought, maybe I could learn how to paint from the Master himself, and so it began. I bought the Bob Ross art supplies, from brushes to paints.
I practiced and practiced and slowly I began to show improvement. I'm not a great painter today, but then I'm not the worst either.
As of today I have been painting for almost three years.
Please, take some time to check out my work. Contact me and let me know what you think. If you are interested in my paintings and if you are in the area, please get in touch with me.
Here is my information.
If you would like information about alcoholism and recovery, please click on the link below.
I'm always happy to hear what you think and if you have time, join me for a cup of coffee at my apartment.
To see more of my art work, please visit my new website!😉
Here is the web address:
111 Shawnee Street
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048