Here in BC Canada, it’s Family Day. So I thought it appropriate to paint a rose; the universal symbol for love. A rose is also appropriate since it’s Valentines Day tomorrow as well. I hope you will be able to connect and celebrate with the ones you love.
Study After Bielen No. 4, Oil on Birch Panel, 5″x7″
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Hi everyone, I hope your week has been productive and you have been healthy. I have been struggling with remnants of a cold/sinus headache all week😠.
I find that the Bielen studies have been cheering me up a bit. It’s always nice to have live flowers in the house, but if you don’t a painting of one helps. It’s nice to see flowers in all its different colours. Here’s one in violet:
Study After Bielen No. 3, Oil on Baltic Birch Panel, 5″x7″
This painting is another exercise in painting loose. I used the knife as well as the brush in this one. The violet colour reminds me of Crocuses and Irises, which in turn reminds me of spring. Here’s to wishful thinking😊.
Wishing you a lovely weekend,
Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. I’m still feeling out of sorts with the unusual weather we are having in the Pacific Northwest. I know It goes without saying, that it could always be worse. Nevertheless, I hope weather has been more pleasant where you are.
I decided to do another Bielen study and I probably will until I feel I’ve done enough for a while. I know it probably would take a great while before I can feel some sort of mastery of his style and technique 😆.
Study After Bielen No.2, Oil on Birch Panel, 6″x6″
I don’t know about you but I have always felt that the colour orange is so cheerful. I guess that’s why I decided on painting orange flowers; it brightens up the wintry days we’ve been having lately. I’m still trying to get used to palette knife painting imparting impasto texture. I normally use a thinner application of paint leaving minimal brush strokes. But I do like the instant colour payoff you get with the knife.
I don’t know if you can see it in this picture, but one of the things I’m happy with is the subtle shade differences in the background. The white of the background was painted with a warmer white on the left and a cooler shade of white on the right. I love subtle effects of the light in all paintings. I also really like the reflective light casting orange on the bottom left. The patchy texture of the background is interesting and I like the overall looseness of the painting.
I don’t know exactly why I’m trying to paint out of character other than just trying something different and learning new techniques. It feels like I’m looking for something but I don’t know what. Hopefully, it’ll dawn on me one day. Meanwhile, I find that studying a work of a favorite artist is a great way to really appreciate their work.
I hope you like the painting, thanks for visiting,
Hello, I hope everyone had a restful long-weekend (for some Canadians).
Back to oil painting:
After preparing most of the necessary materials for my adventures in oil, I found myself kind of frozen on the edge of a precipice. I don’t know why but I’m finding that there’s a block when it comes to oil painting for me. It may be because of the fat over lean rule compounded by painting mediums and driers that interact with this rule. I have never had a problem just making art with other art mediums.
I guess that oil paint is the medium which I have/had the hardest time wrapping my head around. So, to help with this, I just decided to so some alla prima exercises, so I don’t have to worry too much about layers and fat over lean.
The exercises I set about doing was really low-key, just playing with painting effects. Using gessoed watercolour paper I made a while back, I taped up some sections:
I just started to paint with different colour mixes, using the palette knife, blending, using heavier impasto application etc..
Then I pulled of the tape:
Some of them look kind of interesting. The whole point of this exercise was to just start painting and enjoy the process. Breaking the block caused by fear and inaction is sometimes the biggest hurdle. I may continue to do these exercises until I feel confident enough. Maybe this type of exercise might help you if you feel stuck, or are afraid of starting something new.
Wishing you a productive week!
Here is another painting in my “Experiments” series:
In this piece I’ve painted a very simple abstract motif in the shape if a wave with a high impasto arch:
I used a warm and high-chroma orange to contrast cooler colours in the background.
The wave motif central to the piece is reinforced by the water droplets:
All in all, I wanted to see how the pouring medium would affect a typical acrylic abstract painting just by coating it. Here is a view of the side painted with silver:
It seems that the pouting medium doesn’t add anything but a high gloss finish to the painting. Although the gloss has more dimension so it looks more like a clear coating rather than just a painting with high sheen level. It’s a subtle difference but one to take note of.