Sneak Peek at My Alien Babies Painted on Boxes

Needing a bit of variety (getting bored with just drawing nudes), I signed up for a beginning painting class.

In order to not take myself too seriously and give myself permission to experiment I’m painting on the inside of cereal boxes.  Canvas seemed much too intimidating and . . . the cereal boxes are free.

It’s a beginning oil painting class but 3 of us are using acrylic paint.  Acrylic is water based, dries fast (helps with my boredom quotient) and doesn’t have stinky solvent.  For the first lesson the teacher sent us a picture of a black and white alabaster bust of a small innocent looking child.

It’s challenging to say the least.  My paintings turned into alien babies.  After being initially aghast at how I transformed the innocent little child into someone from the outer realms I started to have fun painting alien babies.
Cereal box Alien Baby in Acrylic
Cereal box Alien Babies
Cereal Box Alien Baby

8 comments on “Sneak Peek at My Alien Babies Painted on Boxes

  1. Okay I get it. I completely understand the use of something other than canvas, such as any corrugated cardboard, wood etc, so that it doesn’t make one inhibited to be “wasting” canvas and also keeps one from as you say, taking it all too seriously. Way less “precious”.

    Are you just starting to paint? These are seriously good!!! You clearly have natural ability here. Have you ever seen the works of Jim Dyne? Check them out and you will see many works there that your alien babies are reminiscent of. High compliment.



    • This is my second acrylic class – the first one was a waste of time and I stopped going as the teacher was really caustic, unpleasantly so, and her method of teaching was to sit and paint herself the entire class and not really explain what she was even doing. This teacher has stressed value which has led me to using a limited pallet and concentrating on lights and darks (I think life drawing has helped with this too).
      I am not familiar with Jim Dyne and I’ll check him out.
      Less “precious” is an excellent way to describe it. I watched the other students beat themselves up when their canvas paintings didn’t turn out they way they wanted. I don’t beat myself up. I just ask my husband to eat more cereal.


  2. Wow! I’m really impressed with your skill, as I think acrylic is a brand new medium for you. Maybe not babies, but maybe not aliens either. You’re doing a commendable job of expressing dimension, the hints of color accent the facial structure believably, and I really like your loose, gestural hand. Well done, Judy. Can’t wait to see your next class efforts.


  3. Most reports of alien encounters are with little grey ones – so perhaps you’re drawing from repressed memory of close encounters of the 3rd kind! Perhaps the ones you thought inhabited your body and are the reason for your fibro…


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