I’m wickedwriterfaerie, age 14, doing the art assignment titled: ‘Under the Influence’, painting titled: Heliotrope Tree (top photo)
I watched the video for this art assignment, and decided I wanted to paint like someone from my home city, Toledo, Ohio. I googled ‘artists from toledo’ and up popped a list from a website. I scrolled through said list, and a name caught my eye. Forest LaPlant. “Okay, is this some joke?” Nope. This is a real guy from my city, with a very interesting name. It turns out he painted a few works for my local zoo and did a few other smaller painting as well. He painted this palm tree (bottom photo) and as soon as I saw it I knew I’d like to do something like it. Now I know his is sooo much better than mine, but I tried my best and a large portion of it was painted very late at night so just bear with me if you will.
I thought to paint a tree like in his, but instead of an ocean I painted a grassy floor. I tried to mimic his technique by using thick acrylic paints and by using lots of colors. It was very fun to do, but I still love his painting a whole lot more than mine. I suck at shading. Ah, but I am a perfectionist so I will always think like that.
Thank you for the inspiration, I had a grand time.