Art, Portraits, Uncategorized

Portrait Study: Oil on 12″ x 9″ Panel

I wanted to get some practice painting a portrait. For this painting, I wanted  to catch the light as accurately as possible. I may go back to this in a few days, depending on how I feel. This is a portrait of my  husband, by the way.

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Portrait Study: Oil on 9″ x 12″ Cradled Panel

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It has been a long time since I have worked on a portrait with oil. I did this in two 3-hour sessions working in alla-prima (wet-on-wet) using a 50/50  mixture of Grumbacher Stand Oil  and oderless turpenoid as my medium. This combination is said to mimic mediums used by the old masters, whatever that means. Either way, I really like that it dries quickly and retains some nice brush strokes. I did use Liquin during the initial sketch, but I see could have use the stand oil mixture from start to finish. I will try to take progress shots on my next portrait. I may do a post on different mediums and/or other tools and tips if anyone is interested in learning more about oil painting.

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“Just do it!” Oil Painting 8″ x 10″ Panel

I have to admit, there are just some days that I do not feel like painting. It is super hot in Savannah, GA–over mid-90s so going out to find inspiration is not fun. I have also been focused on getting myself into some healthier habits–eating, sleeping, and exercise. I have been trying not to push myself to paint when I do not feel like it, but I also fear that going too long without painting will cause a set back in my artistic process–or worse, I’ll become someone or something else.

But seriously, I have been allowing myself to take some time off, usually a couple of days, in between engaging in some kind artwork. I have been also reflecting on the style I want to implement and the subject of my focus. I try not to force myself into a specific style or genre as I want to be moved and shaped by what is around me. Although I feel my style becoming more pronounced, I am happy to paint anything and not limit myself.

In order to make this post brief, my thoughts on today’s painting session is that sometimes you have to “just do it,” like Nike—of course, always make sure you are in a good emotional state to paint, but do not feel stuck and overthink the process—this applies to all creators. Today, I decided on two simple eggplants with different colors that I had in my fridge–because I am healthy. The artist in me never feels that my work is perfect enough, so I use each painting as a lesson and avoid over-criticizing my painting.

For this study, I wanted to mimic the smooth texture of the eggplant and contrast that with some textured impasto work. I used mainly one brush to sketch and paint alla prima, a soft brush to smooth some of the white and edges, and a palette knife. The quality of this photo is really rough due to the lighting, so I apologize.

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Here is a better photo with better lighting:

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Art, landscape paintings, Nature, Uncategorized

New Beginnings: Oil on 12″ x 8″ Panel

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Happy New Year!

Part of my New Year’s Resolution is to paint outdoors at least once a week. I did this one yesterday on a elongated panel. I decided on a vertical composition for this tree. As usual, I played with the texture and decided to leave the foliage loosely defined. Deciding what to paint once arriving to a sight can be challenging, but I always decide to go with the first thing that stands out to me, regardless if I find something else. I can always go back and paint the other subject. Sticking to the things we commit to and following through to the end is a good step towards growing deeper in our awareness of our surroundings. This approach also forces us to pay attention and question the things that initially capture our attention.

 

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Interview and Art Show at JEA Gallery

I feel awful for taking so long to post on my blog, but I have been busy preparing for my upcoming show which I will hang this afternoon. I am really excited and I hope to see some of my friends as well as some new faces! The show will be on display for the entire month of December, but the opening reception is on the 9th.

I was also invited by the Savannah radio station WRUU 107.5 FM for their segment “Art on the Air” to speak about my art and the upcoming show. You can listen to the interview here:

If you are in the Savannah area, please stop in!

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