I recently picked up painting and wanted to share a few tips for getting started. I've always been artistic (mainly into drawing), but had let the hobby dwindle in recent years. After picking it back up again, not only does my house look more fabulous, but I feel more creatively fulfilled and excited to pursue new things. I'm looking at the world through a "could I paint that?" lens. Here are my tips for getting started.
Being an environmental scientist, I've spent years of my life living out of a tent in the field, and through extensive trial and error now have a pretty solid and stable repertoire in my pack. If you're new to backpacking and are planning a trip, here are my recommendations for reliable but affordable gear (just the basics!). These have all been field-tested by the pros (i.e. me and my field assistants :) ).
Click through after the break for many more gear recs!
After taking up painting (see my "getting started with painting" post for tips on how to do this!), I learned that, as an amateur, framing my canvases could make my pieces look more polished and better than they actually are. But framing paintings can be really expensive if you don’t DIY, so I quickly got to work learning how to do it myself. There are many different levels of framing, and here I’ll show you the very easiest one. Anyone can do it, it requires no power tools or specialized supplies, and it costs about $5 in materials! This method works for any canvases that are stretched on wood frames. The method I’ll show you how to do is called a “flush mount,” but you can easily adapt it to make it look more like a floating mount (like with the blue painting to the left).
Despite being a bit of a health-nut and in pretty good shape, I really hate working out. I can get into hiking, but I hate running (indoors or out), am bored with most indoor cardio activities, and just have a really hard time getting myself into the gym. While outdoor activities are great, I simply don't have time for them on a day-to-day basis. I'll be frank: I just don't like working out. I never get the endorphin rush that my friends tell me about, I don't feel good while I'm doing it, and in the moment, exercising is only about distracting myself from the fact that I'm exercising. Until recently I got by with one weekly outdoor activity, a low calorie & healthy diet, and the (very) occasional calisthenics routine, a la Liz Lemon.