Update 4 Amethyst Shades of Blue

Finally back in the studio working on Amethyst Shades of Blue

My goal for the day was to complete the large blossom.  Although I did not quite get there, I am pleased with my progress.  I will complete it soon...right?

Amethyst SHades of Blue by Helen Shideler

Lolligagging

Here is a word for you.  I identify with it.  Well maybe I may just like the sound of the word.  I have share with you previously that I am a master procrastinator.  Well, I have decided to frame it up in a new way.  Lollygagging!  I spent the entire day in my studio yesterday finding stuff to do - you know busy work and justifying why I was not actually painting.  Have to put new paint and stuff away. Jeepers my table is dusty. Reminisce about San Diego.  Omigoodness look at all the piles of paper and stuff and so on.....

Funny point - I just looked up the definition of lollygag and it does not quite mean what I thought - but I still like the word and will use it how ever I like nothing heinous about it as the Urban Dictionary would have me believe

Challenging myself again

Attending the PACE 2017 Conference taught me one thing.  The art world is into oil painting more than watercolours.  When visiting the many galleries there was a clear message - very little watercolours.  This is not discouraging in any way.  I love watercolour and will always love watercolour.  But is does tell me that I have to expand my perspective and at least dedicate some time once again to exploring oils.  And really, not a huge issue as I love, love, love their buttery texture. And all learning is good  - right?

So here it is

Sweet Tweet by Helen Shideler

Omigoodness.  I cannot believe I am saying this, but I am going to commit to me that I will produce one small oil painting a week in addition to the other larger projects that I am working on.  "Sweet Tweet" is an 8"x8" oil on cradled panel and is available here

Update 2 Amethyst Shades of Blue

The sun came out

The first real sign of spring and I want to break free and escape the indoors.  Uh oh methinks my goal of completing this painting before I leave for San DIego in less than two weeks just got seriously challenged!  Seriously, if the sun is out then I am out!

WIP Amethyst Shades of Blue by Helen Shideler

Tender shades of blue

I have to admit that I am loving working on this painting.  I love working with these tender shades of blue. Please understand from my perspective blues can be tricky.  If you are not careful it can give the appearance of plastic or be garish.  Really have to keep the touch light with the paint and apply with in layers.

The image above really does not show you the scale of this painting.  It is a full sheet watercolour - 22"x30" unframed!  The acrylic version peeking out from underneath is 30"x30".  I am so excited to see them completed and beside each other - for no other reason than just because.

WIP Section Helen Shideler

Up close and personal

I love sharing little corners of paintings that excite me - pretty much any new space I am working on.  I really think that working with so many shade of blue is invigorating.  I know why...it is because we have not seen any blue in the sky for so long....long, damp, dark spring!

Blue Hydrangea Paintings

A dilemma 

I always love starting new work.  Once I decided on what I wanted to paint next, I had a bit of a hard time making up my mind as to which media to use - so I decided to to do one of each.  Blue hydrangea seems to scream watercolour.  But I wanted to see if I could capture the softness in acrylic as well. I am always up for a challenge.

Amethyst Blues by Helen Shideler

Amethyst Blues (watercolour) and Amethyst Shades of Blue (acrylic)

Amethyst Shades of Blue by Helen Shideler

Sorting and picking

The process I use when I start to select my pallet is to pick through my paint bins and select the tubes I think are best suited.  Confession time,  I have my paint in bins sorted by colour!  Makes life so much easier when looking for colours.

Then I squeeze a bit from my selections onto my pallette.  Before I ever touch paint to a new work, I play with the paint to make sure I am happy with the mixes.  It can be difficult to add in new colours part way through a painting is you are not strategic. I also have a wonderful little journal where I paint little swatches and label them.  This helps me to remember my paint choices should I set the work aside for whatever reason.  And I really like my journal.  It is shaping up into a really cool diary of sorts.

Helen Shideler Palette