I Love Painting
I started painting back in March of 2013 as a deliberate effort to enhance my creative side. (As I'm writing this, I'm realizing that's also when I started doing stand-up again.) I believe part of my inspiration came from reading Daniel Pinks' Book "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future." I signed up for a 3-session art class and bought some supplies. I remember the first class we used acrylics, the second was watercolor, and the third was oils. I found myself incredibly frustrated and nearly embarrassed by what I had made with acrylics and watercolors, but felt really proud of my oil creation so I stuck with that medium.
To me, the most interesting thing about painting is in choosing the subject-matter to be painted. My first painting was of some oranges because that's what we were supposed to bring to the class - kind of boring. I quickly moved on to a painting of gummy bears, Sunkist orange soda, and a bowl of cereal. Then I made some landscapes of San Diego coastline and a Colorado mountain. Now I've moved on to making physics-related art which is exciting because I am forced to trust the Universe to transmit unpredictable chaos through the cosmos, into my spinal cord, and onto the canvas.