Happy Holidays to All!
I’ve made my first sale!
Now, to you, this painting might look like a peaceful winter scene, but it’s not. It’s actually a camel.
And to think… it all began with a colored pencil drawing of a bowl of apples.
I’d love to hear from oil painters who can give me a bit of advice. How do you create those very fine lines in your paintings? What size brushes do you use? What tricks, tips, or techniques can you share to help me improve?
In many ways, my Garden Fantasy is my impression of impressionist art. I can see leaves and flowers, and I can imagine many things when I see this painting. I can feel different things, too.
Finding this sketch tucked away among my art books brought a smile to my face.
As a respectable woman in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Mary Cassatt faced many restrictions.
Characteristics of an Impressionist painting include distinctive brush strokes, vivid colors, ordinary subject matter, candid poses and compositions and most importantly, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities and unusual visual angles.
“…some artists like to do detailed drawings to use as reference before they paint, but many don’t. Some artists do drawings directly onto their canvas before they start to paint, but many don’t.”
Impressionism appeals to us, perhaps, because it allows us to understand art a very personal level. We’re not shown everything but are, instead, given subtle hints.
Over the next few weeks, I want to step away from representational painting now and then and just indulge myself in bright, bold colors. I want to splash, splatter, and pour my paints, letting them form their own shapes and designs.
There are lots of artists who don’t like using brushes, or who may use brushes but also reach for many different tools of the artistic trade.
A good way to improve drawing skills is by drawing upside down.
What five things do I consider essential for creating art?
Painting outdoors appeals to me in many ways. I love nature, I enjoy hiking, and I’m probably at my happiest when I’m in a woodland setting or at the water’s edge. So, why haven’t I done more plein air painting? Good question.
I have to admit, I didn’t have a strong, specific intention for this painting. It was simply another autumn painting, another opportunity to work with a palette of warm colors, another chance to practice painting a familiar wooded scene.
I’m excited now to paint more rocks… big rocks, little rocks…
This painting isn’t one I take too seriously, and I have to smile each time I look at it. This particular canvas, you see, has had quite an interesting history.
As I’ve been working my way through lots of ups and downs with my oil painting, I’ve been going back and fixing up a few paintings.