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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cloud study in oils

Still experimenting with oils. I'm using Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oils and canvas paper for this study.

Did a couple of quick sky/cloud studies with the purpose of:

1) Using a bright underpainting to see its effect
2) Practicing color mixing and brushwork
3) Seeing how long it takes to dry. I painted this on Sunday, today is Tuesday and parts of it are still very much wet! Yikes! I'm used to cp's..... dry before they even go on! :-)

I also unearthed my French easel from years of storage because I don't like painting with oils on a table top surface. It seems to be easier to see the original in terms of shape and value when I have a little distance from it. Plus, since I'm standing I can back away from the painting and use more arm and shoulder motion with a long handled brush - lets me do lighter strokes more easily.

I'm going to give my latest cp work a try on the easel and see how that works out. Will keep you posted!


Laure Ferlita said...

Hmmmm, is this procrastination or in addition to the commission?

Cathyann said...

I am glad to see you trying them out, T...the kind of white may have to do with the drying time. I have a painting that I did over a month ago and it is still wet!!!

ArtistUnplugged said...

Love the clouds! Wow, still wet??? I am used to acrylic paint, which dries fairly quickly. You go girl!!!

Jo Castillo said...

Was your under painting acrylic? The yellow didn't mix with the blue so made me wonder. Very nice.

knittingdragonflies said...

Hummmm...I see how you do it. I don't think about color like that. It's amazing how you can get a sky to look!

Ann said...

Nice cloud study! The yellow underpainting adds a nice warmth too. So, do you like painting with these oils even though they can take a while to dry?

Megha Chhatbar said...

Nice experimentation! The clouds are coming out very well!

Bia said...

Nice to see you using oils. You´re doing great! This is "my" sky" down here!

acornmoon said...

Well done you for moving out of your comfort zone - below. Every now and then I tell myself to do just that!

Karen said...

Love seeing all this. Keep going! You're doing so well!

Anonymous said...

Nice clouds. It's great to go out of one's comfort zone and learn something new. I am debating signing up fort Deborah Paris' online class in painting luminous landscapes in oils. If you are interested here is the link http://deborahparis-fineart.blogspot.com/2009/09/virtual-classes.html

Gary Keimig said...

Keep going Teresa. I have done a few water oils and some came out O K and I struggled with others. Be interesting how you think about them after a few paintings.

Alix said...

Hola Teresa!

Thank you so much for swinging by Casa Hice and leaving such a cute comment on my colo post. Sorry about the photos, but I'm all about the shock and awe, dontcha know.

You are a doll... looking forward to getting to know you better.

PS: I was a Fine Art major in college a million years ago. Painting always eluded my skill set. Maybe you'll teach me something and I'll pick up my brushes again?

Lynne said...

Hi Teresa,
How are you doing?
It's great to see how you work.

Paul Coventry-Brown said...

Try W&N Liquin as a medium to speed up the drying time.
Yes, white, especially if used thickly, takes a few days to dry. I find the main culprits are the cadmium colour and ivory black.
If you do your under painting in acrylic you can work on the second coat as soon as it is dry (usually in about 30 minutes - make sure it is totally dry before you add the oils ).

Hope it helps,

Jill Berry said...

I see you're thinking clouds this week too!
I've enjoyed getting caught up over here...through the ice storm...poetry...and virtual paint-out. Great job on that scene btw.
Happy painting on your recovered easel!

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