March 26, 2017

March 23, 2017

play time....

An old childhood friend of mine is coming over for a play date tomorrow.  She works in acrylics and wants to learn more about creating backgrounds.  While I didn't really create any backgrounds today, I messed around with acrylics - working on two similar pieces but different substrates and sizes.

140# watercolor paper 9x12 - predominantly stabilo pencils, some acrylic and gesso...







The same supplies as above, but this is a small 6x6 canvas



There's a long way to go yet - fine tuning - that sort of thing - and backgrounds...it'll be interesting (to me!) seeing what develops.



March 18, 2017

She Hears #2...

I had a lot of fun creating this piece!!


March 13, 2017

She hears...

I can hardly believe it's been over one month since I posted to my blog.  Life gets in the way - working on a quilt; then there are taxes to deal with.  Also, my husband and I spent quite a bit of time talking to our financial advisor and estate attorney.  It's exhausting.

On my walk yesterday morning all I could think about was I want to paint something! and so today I did.

The background is acrylic - the foreground oil paints...I have a theme in mind - will share that once this baby is finished.

I started this piece a couple of weeks ago - my second oil painting.  I must tell you that I love this one.  She's entitled "She has a big heart (and nose)!"


I'm loving the process...


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February 10, 2017

Not ready to give up...yet

I kept painting away hoping this would turn into a masterpiece - NOT!!  I do like it a lot better than what I ended up with yesterday.  The proportions are off - one head too large - the other smaller than it should be.   (I just realized how sad they look - must be the way I'm feeling showing through.) There are things I like about it too...which I NEED to remember.

My motto is "success is in the effort".  I tried and know eventually my oil painting skills will improve.




February 9, 2017

Are we having fun yet....NO!

I thought it would be fun to try painting with oils.  I have several artist friends who use oils so beautifully - they made it seem like it would be fun and easy - NOT!

I had no idea how different oils are from acrylics.  I haven't gotten the hang of mixing paints or applying same to the canvas - so frustrating!

I used acrylics on the background  - not so sure this was a good idea though.  I waited until the acrylic paint was totally dry, but correcting "mistakes" on the foreground is really hard to do now.

I used charcoal pencil to draw rough figures - used my oil paints to add underpainting to my drawing.  I'm having a hard time with the paint always being wet - I feel like I'm just making a big mess trying to blend the paints - details are scaring me - I've completely painted over the faces twice because I was really unhappy with how they were turning out.  I know it's my first try with oils - but already I'm thinking about throwing them out!  BAHHHH!!!