I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays! As the year is coming to a close, I wanted to reflect on the blessings experienced this year despite all of the negative things happening throughout the world. I am grateful for my health, family, and home. I also am thankful for all of the opportunities granted to me this year and the coming year. I think it is important to remind ourselves daily that many of the things we have are blessings and luxuries instead of focusing on what we don’t have and need. Having something as simple as clean water and food is a blessing.
This will be my last painting for the year and will be taking a break until next week or so. I painted this from life in alla prima (wet-on-wet). I will be posting a full demo of my still life in the near future. I wish everyone a safe and blessed Happy New Year!
I have not posted in a while as I have been super busy with homeschooling and family life. Life today is a bit hectic, as we all know. I hope everyone is safe and sound despite all of the craziness! Those of my friends not in the United States probably understand the craziness happening in this part of the world!
All in all, I feel blessed to be alive and healthy. I managed to continue forward with two shows this year–One group show in August, for the Vision for Art in Jacksonville, Florida and a solo show at the JEA gallery in Savannah, Georgia in November.
I recently have been playing around with painting on oil paper. This was painted on Arches Oil Paper, which is really one of the best oil papers I have used. It did not bend or buckle as some other papers do. It also frames well using matting or panel. The paper is really thick and no priming is required. I did add a layer of Gesso and taped to a panel to keep it from buckling.
Has any one else painted on oil paper, or has experience with painting on surfaces other than the traditional canvas?
Thanks to those who have taken the time to read my posts! I hope you stay safe!
I was inspired by one of my favorite contemporary artists, Qiang Huang, to paint a still-life in a similar style. I love his direct brushstrokes and energetic flow. Although it is realistic, there are parts left undefined, especially in the background. As much as I want to do some plein-air work, I don’t have time. I always think still-life is a great substitute. Plus it is fun arranging objects. The real challenge is being able to fit everything into the painting and figuring out how much space one has.