Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Painting an Orange in oil paints High Speed Demo

Orange Still Life No. 3
Orange Still Life No. 3, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Orange Still Life No. 3
oil painting on canvas panel
Media: oi paintng
Size: 7 in X 5 in (17.8 cm X 12.7 cm)
Price: $50 USD
How to Purchase:

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Work in Progress

I have been working on the large fish painting, one fish at a time.

I have been picking just one fish an working on that area. This weeks I started with this fish.
I added some more color to the base.

I started adding more layers of color.
This little fish is starting to have some visual texture.
I got this far and now have to wait and let this area dry before I can add more glazing to it.

Now it's time to move on to another fish.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

How to Grow as an Artist Part . 2

Space: Find a space that is always yours--where you can set up and work in continuity. It need not be large, but it ought to be yours.

Artists studios like office spaces are as diverse as the people who work in them. There is no hard and fast rule as to how they should be laid out or what you should have in them as essentials!

I know one artist who turned a very small unused closet into their art space.

Depending on the art one creates, the height of the space is important.
My studio in Florida only has 8 ft ceilings and this is a big problem for me. I do a lot of watercolors when I am Florida or plein air because of this issue.There is always a way to create if painting is your passion.

Studio spaces outside the home fit into three categories. A "private studio space" (which means the space does not have regular times when it is open to the public) is strictly for experimentation, conceptual and technical development, and physical production of work.

 A "studio/exhibition space" is similar in its creative nature to a private studio but is regularly open to the public and showcases pieces specifically from the artist who works in that space.

 A "studio/gallery space" is where an artist creates works in the space and features those artworks as well as pieces from artists who produce elsewhere.

And don't forget if this is not in your budget try Plein Air painting it is truly wonderful.

When working with oil paints and solvents, ventilation is always recommended but more so in a small space. An exhaust fan can help move the air from inside the studio outdoors and stepping outside the studio for frequent breaks is good practice as well. I personally do not use much in the way of solvents. I only use them at the end of a painting session to clean my brushes and they are kept in an old coffee can with a lid.

Lighting :
In the event that your studio does not offer good natural light as mine does not in Michigan because I work in the basement  and it lacks windows.I also work at night so I have replaced standard incandescent light bulbs with full spectrum lighting. Full spectrum does just what it says and provides the full spectrum of sunlight to mimic natural light helping you to see the true nature of your colours. In recent years the cost of full spectrum lighting has come down quite a bit and is affordable.

The storage space:
It would be wonderful if you sold everything you painted and didn't need this but alas you will, if only for blank canvas. I will go into greater detail on different kinds of storage areas in another blog post.

Fell Free to post a picture of your creative space I know I would love to see it.

Florida Studio 

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

How do you grow as a painter?

First, I can say, it’s a solitary path.

What do I mean? I mean, we are alone in our work as painters. It’s a private journey, that can’t escape its source from within. The source is who we are. We must be mindful to this fact. It is where we find ourselves at any given time. This is the beginning of our work to grow as painters.

Are there practical habits that can help us to grow?

The number one thing you must do is:

Set aside a time every day. It should be at least an hour, preferably a lot more. Include weekends and statutory holidays.

This may be the best place to begin. What can you do to mature as a painter in a practical sense? Practice drawing from a live model and still life as often as you can- weekly if possible, daily is even better.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Finished or Abandoned

Leonardo da Vinci famously said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

Oh I have lots of them, poor babies left in the bath water.

This accumulation of unfinished works is a byproduct of my artistic temperament.

Once I’m in process, I can easily overwork a painting by constantly making changes and adjustments.The colors will become muddy or licked down.

So I like to set it aside for awhile and let it rest so I can look on it with a fresh eye. I eventually lose track of my initial concept I should take notes write a journal and start a file for each WIP (work in progress) and the direction I wanted to take the work to. It is easy to destroying a painting that had shown a lot of promise.

I like to have more than one painting going at a time, at least four. I find this very beneficial for me, the side effect is an accumulation of unfinished works. Because all of a sudden I get focused on a new series, idea, or commission. Instead of staying interested and focused on a couple of paintings at a time, I tend to amass dozens. I am a very prolific artist so this works for me.

But wait what about the baby in the now luck warm water waiting for the final scrub ,drying and  a little powder on it's bum?

I started this painting a year ago in my Studio in Florida. I was painting a series of fish at the time. This little guy 24x48 was not done when I went back to my Michigan studio so I left it in Florida not wanting to move it with wet paint. It has been sitting in a corner of the studio.
Abandoned, all alone . I have decided to work on one fish each day until I have it completed.

It will take a few weeks but I will get this painting completed. Today I am working on this Fish.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Pansy Painting Demo

I am trying to get better at making videos. It is a challenge but I view it like painting the more of them I do the better I will become. So I hope you can bear with me as my skill level at video making get betters.

This is a very high speed demo of a still life I did of some pansies in oils.

The Finish painting

10 x 8
oil painting

Thanks for stopping in
with a passion for painting

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Toning a Canvas Demo

The number one mistake all beginners make is buying a pre-stretched canvas or canvas board from a discount book store and not unwrapping it and giving it another coat of gesso.

 The number two mistake is leaving the canvas white when they start painting.

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