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Day 3 – Procrastination

I’ve discovered some fabulous oil painting videos on YouTube. I’ve been watching quite a few over the last months, but this is the first video that is not speeded up. The difference is ENORMOUS. I was getting the impression that painting was an exercise in precise intuitive paint throwing.  Seriously, I’ve been trying to paint by magically flicking the brush on the canvas in just the right way to make a perfect stroke – as if what I needed was to develop a better instinct and less left brain activity. But this video shows just exactly how careful one (or he anyway) must be if one is to produce a painting that is realistic. He also teaches so clearly how to get the right tone and value – it’s just awesome how clear it has become. So I recommend all of this fellow’s videos.  His YouTube ID is DrawMixPaint
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=sRewRXX7H6s
His website is: http://www.drawmixpaint.com/

I send him a big thank you for making this instruction free for everyone.

And oh yes – he also lists the tools he uses including the brushes. Turns out I’ve been using flat brushes when filbert might be just what I need.
 
And now for something not in oil.
 
After struggling with the little bird painting, I needed a break. So I took several weeks off and shifted to acrylics and made a tape painting – [I’m still catching up to the present day in this blog]. This is my father’s masking tape method. But I work out the design on paper first. My father does his design in his head as he goes.
 
First the whole canvas is covered with the design – in masking tape.

The design in tape is on and painting the background has begun

The design in tape is on and painting the background has begun

Then the background is painted.

What a mess! Finding the foreground tape pieces is not easy

What a mess! Finding the foreground tape pieces is not easy

After that come a long slow process of removing tape piece by  piece and painting the exposed canvas. Unlike my father, I didn’t use shading in painting the leaves and blossoms, so it looks like a flat fabric design.

Ah...here comes the color

Ah…here comes the color

Starting to look like it might be okay

Starting to look like it might be okay

 It’s not a very complex painting but I like it. And it was fun.

Plumbago - finished and ready to frame

Plumbago – 17 x 21- finished and ready to frame

It is only at the end that one knows whether one has a disaster or something pleasing.


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Day 2 – Perseverance

On day two following my intention to paint everyday, I began a small oil painting of a sweet little bird I spotted on my back door stoop. Photos taken though multiple door windows. 

Sweet bird

Sweet bird

Spots me behind the doors

Waiting for me to leave

Waiting for me to leave

It was searching for bugs (I suppose). The ground was mostly snow-covered and this was one of the few bare spots. I didn’t recognize the bird – looks like a warbler, perhaps the yellow-rumped or cape may. I thought it was probably migrating and had stopped for a rest.

Not finished yet, but not rined yet either

Not finished yet, but not ruined yet either

I didn’t finish this painting in one day, and in fact it still needs some finishing touches and better definition of the pine needles. I would have loved to paint the pipes and frozen drips, but that would have been a disaster in the making. I’m finding it stressful painting in oil, and I needed a break. I’m trying to persevere through the stress, hoping to come out the other end more confident. Sometimes I think this is silly – that it is better to do what comes with more ease. I find it especially difficult to paint thin detail lines in oil. I wonder if I haven’t found the right brushes yet [she said hopefully]. If anyone has some hints in this regard, I’d accept them gratefully.


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Day 1 – Making A Start

One of my resolutions for 2013 was to paint every day.  I am eager to improve my oil painting skills (or lack of). I began with this egg still life. I have chickens, and this egg is one from my now grown leghorn hens. The painting took me the whole day to complete, but I’m pretty happy with it.

The Migty Egg  - oil on canvas board 5x7

The Mighty Egg – oil on canvas board 5×7

I thought I’d get this blog going and post this little egg painting. My intent is to make my artwork available for sale on this blog, but I have to figure out how to do this. Tomorrow I’ll update the “About” page, and do some investigating.