Art, still-life, Tutorials and DIYs, Uncategorized

Peaches: Oil on 18″ x 18″ Cradled Wood Panel

I started this painting by toning with burnt sienna and ultra marine blue and sketching with my favorite angled brush from Michaels–It is the Level 2  Artist’s Loft Firenze Angle Brush in size 4. I will do a seperate review of soon. It is my go-to brush for sketching and making fine lines.

I wanted the focal point to be centered on the plate for this one.

Rough sketch:

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I worked in two different sessions for this painting. I added some finishing touches and leaves to give it more movement and added some interesting textures with a palette knife.

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Peaches: Oil on 18″ x 18″ Cradled Wood Panel

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Climbing Roses: Oil on 12″ x 16″ Panel

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My rose bush bloomed for the second time this season. I planted these last summer in dedication to my late grandmother who helped raise me as a child and who loved to garden. I was never good at growing plants, but these roses have been an exception. My grandmother’s name is Milagros, which translates to miracle in English. I always think of her journey to United States and related to my own journey here. I dedicate this painting to her memory.

I knew what angle I wanted for this painting as soon as I saw them. This was sketched yesterday and painted from life near my fence alla prima and laying on the paint thickly and working on a pre-textures canvas.

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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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