glow, sunflower in oils - update #5

Sunflower painted in oils I am truly learning a lot working with oil paint.  I forgot anything I ever new from years ago.  And it is a new playing field as the paint has really evolved.   The water mixable stuff is supreme!   Low odor and easy clean up.  I do have a product preference on this one – my beloved brand with watercolors comes up short with water soluble oil paint.  Too pasty – much like tooth paste.  And I bought a lot of it with high hopes.

Although I admit the drying time surprised me – I was hoping it would somehow be quicker – for a hurry-up-and-wait kind of person like myself – it is hard to be patient.  You are in this gig for at least 7 to 8 weeks!

I finished this up by increasing the colour density to where I wanted it, painted in the lone bee and crisped up the detail.  Crisping is challenging with oil paint.

I am very happy to say “Glow” has been sold and I have a commission for a similar one.  Life is good!


Glow WIP - Update #3

Glow WIP by Helen Shideler Making some good headway.  Next session, I will deepen the darks and start the detail in the sunflowers’ centre.  I think I have at least two more, maybe three more painting sessions with this.

I really need a mahl stick or bridge for my easel.  I keep getting my hands into the areas of fresh paint and messing it up.  Anyone – any ideas any recommendations?

When I was at the Susan Kathleen Black Workshop in Dubois least year, a number of artists had a stick with a sort of rake head they were using to keep their hands off their work.  I have not been able to figure out what that is or where to find it.


Glow - WIP Update #2

GLOW - WIP by Helen Shideler And yet another journey.  I started this one with a light acrylic sepia underpainting and rubbed out the light areas.  Looked pretty cool even at this initial stage.  Then I started painting with acrylics.  And the paint was applying really streaky.  Acting really weird, almost like fluid acrylics on claybord…only duller.  I applied a few layers in certain areas and I was still not satisfied with way the painting was ‘feeling”.

So I did was any self-preserving artist would do.  I cracked out the oils.  Instant gratification.  I love the buttery texture of oil paint and the vibrancy of the colours.  Love them almost as much as watercolours! And that my friends, is saying something!

On my journey of getting re-acquainted with oil paints this year (in preparation for another plein air trip to Wyoming in September), I have been working with M Graham oils.   The ones made with walnut oil.  I thought I was in love when one of my on-line artist friends (Marilyn Wear) asked me why I was not using water soluble oils because clean-up is so much easier.  Well, I had to give that some consideration.  And yes, I have the paint.

I love the M. Graham oils.  Only they are messy and I really like to keep my work clean and crisp.  They are messy because if you do not have 20 or so brushes at the ready, you are constantly cleaning the brushes so you do not muck up your paint with colours unintended.

The water soluble oils ….well you just clean your brush, dry it and you can dip into whatever colours you like with the same brush. Just remember not to thin your paint with water.  Easy peasy!!

Shaping up fine – I would say. I cannot wait to finish this one!