WIP Poured Water-Color Sunshine Yellow

On the easel a poured water-colour painting of sunshine yellow azaleas After completing a number of recent paintings with a more traditional approach,  I had to step back and relearn how to approach work on a poured water-colour painting.  I work in high detail so I spend a lot of time up front planning the work and with the drawing process.  I really recommend that you start out with a solid drawing/outline of your subject – this up front planning will help to prevent problems later when you have a large amount of masking compound and paint applied and the lines get blurred.

WIP Poured Painting by Helen Shideler

This painting is a commission with a bit of a twist.  My client liked the composition of one variety of yellow azalea I photographed and the colors of another.  So this painting is requires additional thinking time to keep it all straight.

Yellows are also tricky to work with.  Even though the colour saturation can be intensified by either layering on additional layers or using deeper pigments, there is really little contrast between the shades until you introduce another colour.  This became particularly noticeable after I applied the second wash.  The depth and dimension only started to develop after the third pour when I introduced the light orange.  Adding to my confusion the dried colour of the mask is yellowish as well.

I keep my spray bottle very close when pouring as I do not want the washes run off to overpower the background area.  After I do the pour and coax the paint where I want it, I spray the background area quite heavily to lighten the impact to that area (unless of course I want the poured colour there).

Coming up next there will be a redder orange pour and then I will start in with the background greens.

There will be at least three more pours before I start the work to remove the mask.

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!


The Colour of Spring

The Colour of Spring by Helen Shideler I have high hopes.  I think all of North America has high hopes right about now. Longing for warmer weather.  This winter has been long and very cold.  Did I mention long?

In my quest to start an oil painting each week – while still working on my larger pieces has been invigorating. Self-imposed pressure.  I do it to me all the time! But, I am loving the oil paint! When working on “Spruce Shadows , a rather snowy painting, I flipped over the newest adventure – something that makes we think of warmer times.  Something yellow!

Yellow.  Think of daffodils, forsythia, tulips.  Yellow.  Sunshine yellow.  Warm yellow.  Heart warming. Soul stirring. Yellow!  Loving every shade and every touch of paint.



Little Flame - Pom Pom Dahlia

This watercolor started out a s a demo painting for a workshop I led earlier in this year.  I really liked the way the painting was shaping up and decided to finally complete the work!  Once I worked around the floral shapes, I went back in with brighter bits of yellow washes and then intensified the darks.  Both my daughters love the colours in this one!

The unframed dimensions are 11.5" x 12.5".  This painting is available and may be purchased by following this link to my website



Daisy Fresh - Work in progress -completed

Then the fun really begins when you go back in and crispen (is this even a word?) up the edges and freshen up certain colors.The most challenging part is knowing when to stop and resisting the urge to overwork the painting
This painting is custom framed.  I haad to resist the urge to use a goldenrod colored inner mat - too  trendy - the finished result is quite lovely.  Greenish inner mat - off white outer mat with a v-grove.