Experimenting With Paint
First I’d like to give you an update on Templeton – he’s no longer with us. After just one week we had to give him back to his foster family because my allergies were getting the best of me. He shed far more than we thought at the beginning and unfortunately health won over Cooper’s new furry friend. Last I checked Templeton still wasn’t adopted so if you’re looking for a great dog for your family that is great with kids then let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the foster family.
As far as painting, I’ve been doing a ton. We went on two ski trips that I spent most of the time in the room painting, so I have lots to show you. I’ve really been experimenting a lot so some of these may not even look like they came from me. I have so many I’m not even sure where to start so I just scattered them through this post. Some are done much tighter than I like (like the blue coffee cup) but I still like how it turned out overall. A couple of them were done with a palette knife which keeps you loose and make great edges (swimmers in ocean and glue/lemon still life).
And lastly this apple was done very quickly – just playing around with the paint. All of these are done in acrylic and the next several posts will be paintings I did in acrylic but as soon as I got home from our last trip I ordered oils, because I LOVED the acrylic but it dried WAY too quickly for me so I thought I would just jump in completely and try the medium that has intimidated me ever since I even thought about painting. Well, I could just kick myself for not trying oil sooner – I am in serious love – too in love – it’s all I want to do is paint. I can’t wait to show you some of the oil paintings. They look very similar to acrylics but yummier – it’s like painting with soft butter and the color is amazing!
All of these are small 4×4 or 5×7 and will be available for sale at my summer art sale (well, most of them will be for sale – some of them I’m going to keep – I still have some bare walls in our new house).
I have done the same as you. I started painting with acrylics and then went to oils. The colors are so vibrant and that is what I love about using these mediums. I am still doing watercolors but I occasionally paint with the others. I enjoy them all.
Sorry about having to send the dog back. Maybe you will find another.
Hey Sherrie! I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to watercolors – I’m that in love with oils – I love everything about them! Hope you are doing good! Miss you!
I’ve never worked with oil, i’ve worked mostly with acrylic and watercolor. i’m scared away by all the prep work it takes, with the special oil brushes, canvas, new paints, dry time. But i’ve only hear great things, maybe i will go ahead and try my hand anyway… great work here, the colors are vivid, i especially like the beach scene.
Emily, I felt the same way about oil. I want to recommend some DVD’s that I think could help you with some of that info. on prep, tools, etc. check out Peggi Kroll Robert’s DVD’s http://www.krollroberts.com/DVD's.htm
They are worth the money – I like her second set the best but they are all great!