Thursday, April 16, 2015

Preparing for summer - Fuchsia Basket 5x7inch

Fuschsia Basket
palette knife oil painting
5x7inch on gallery wrapped canvas 1.5cm thick

Over the last week or so, I have been potting up my container plants ready for the late spring and early summer show. We had a few nice, warm days which always spurs me into action. Since then it has got a little colder and today we didn't see the sun at all. I know - I'm spoilt as normally our weather is so good.

As well as container gardening, I've been attempting to clear up my studio and even threw out a lot of earlier (bad!) paintings - I was really proud of myself! Maybe I'll treat myself to this lovely easel I found on pinterest
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/387450374168953380

Looks good doesn't it?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Painting small, Daisy Trio Miniature Treasure oil painting

Daisy Trio
Palette knife painting
Oil on 4"x4" mini box canvas
A sister painting to yesterday's painting, see here. These Minaiture Treasure paintings are fun to paint. It often takes a few tries (i.e. wiping off!) to get the right feeling for these small paintings. It's a balance between enough and too much detail.


My 'miniature treasure' paintings are small paintings, usually 4"x4" that I paint to warm up or if I only have short time to paint (although often they take longer ). The problem is that they are addictive to paint and so I start building up a series. Each one has the same heavy impasto as my larger paintings, click on the photo to enlarge it.

They are a great affordable way to start an art collection and will add spots of colour around the house. They can be framed or displayed on a mini easel.





White Daisies Miniature Treasures Painting

White daisies Miniature Treasure
Palette knife painting
Oil on 4"x4" mini box canvas

My 'miniature treasure' paintings are small paintings, usually 4"x4" that I paint to warm up or if I only have short time to paint. The problem is that they are addictive to paint and so I start building up a series. Each one has the same heavy impasto as my larger paintings, click on the photo to enlarge it.

They are a great affordable way to start an art collection and will add spots of colour around the house. They can be framed or displayed on a mini easel.



They also make great gifts.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Peony posy oil pastel painting

Peony posy
Oil pastel painting on watercolor painting
5"x5"

This is the third and final painting in this mini-series all from the same discarded watercolour. It's been fun painting these and it has reminded me that I should use my assorted collection of different media more often. I have found it refreshing rediscovering oil pastels. I have already gessoed some paper with black gesso ready for another series.

You may be interested in a previous oil pastel Work in Progress of calla lilies I painted over 3 years ago. This used a very different approach to these three.

How this painting might look framed
All three together.





Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Summer Posy oil pastel painting

Summer Posy
Oil pastel painting
5"x5" on watercolour paper


This is the a continuation from yesterday's painting also using a section of the same discarded watercolor. I loosely laid in the areas of colour and once again used a cloth dipped in liquin to blend the colour. This beauty of using liquin is it's extremely quick drying time allowing the second layer to go on within minutes. This also helps to minimise the 'slippiness' that can occur when using several oil pastel layers.

About this painting
After blending the first layer with liquin. I laid in increasingly thicker layers of pastel in loose strokes. I use a back and forwards scribbly motions not distinct strokes. I wanted the painting to have a loose feel to it.

After leaving the painting to harden overnight, I added the final 'sugar' in the form of heavy pastel dots and highlights. I like the romantic look of this one.

How it might look framed


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