Breakout, the Atari game, was the inspiration for this painting. I chose to frame the left side of the screen for this view.
After finishing my fiftieth painting last Monday, I had more freedom to choose what to paint and how. I started with a grid and an idea to do an acrylic painting of Space Invader. That one idea has led to several paintings of different Atari games, from SeaQuest to PacMan to Qbert.
I have a few of my all time favorites yet in store!
As I posted paintings, it has sparked even more ideas. I had to start sketching them in my book so I don't forget them all.
This is the power of doing. Putting in the work, learning, being creative, and building as I go.
The paintings have also started conversations. I keep quizzing my family to see if they remember the names. Hearing everyone talk about their favorite games has given me inspiration, too.
My sister and I played Atari on my dad's Atari 2600 at a time when most of our friends had Nintendo. Regardless, I loved the Atari. We still have the gaming system.
I'm having fun revisiting and painting the games we used to play. The fireworks keep popping tonight as I type this.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.
Celebrate your freedom in some way, shape, or form today.