Thursday, August 5, 2010

A brief stop in...

Good evening lovelies,

I have just returned from a couple of hours puddling in my art room, working to rectify the "ruined" painting of water.

The other night, after I had a few days to mull over my course of action, I decided to really "let it all go" and whipped out my Sennelier oil sticks and just started to draw on it.

Wow, talk about tapping into the ol' right side of the grey matter!

I had held back against the oils, only due to the drying time and I am impatient by nature: I want results now thanks!! However, I had forgotten how much I love working with oils for the purity of colour that can be achieved in blending and glazing....I love glazing....sigh.

The reason I decided to do attack the painting with the oil sticks, was because I had done this many years ago on another "flat" acrylic painting that seemed to be going nowhere: I had layered colour...I used a palette knife to bring in texture...I pulled off colour to create interesting effects in the background...but to no avail, it was lack lustre. So, I decided to whip out my oil sticks and just scribble all over it. This led to some more oil, a bit of glazing.... and the result was really satisfying and became my lovelies favourite painting: the Tulips.


It is about 1.5m x 1m in size, with lots of layers of colour (acrylic and oil), glazing and texture. A photo just does no justice to it at all.

So, all being well, my water painting will return with a vengeance and my renewed love of the oils will lift this painting...fingers crossed I can bring a "work in progress" update very soon.

Have a lovely evening,

Cath

x

6 comments:

freckled laundry said...

I love the tulips. Great composition & colors (although I know I can't see it's true beauty in a photo)! Oh, how I wish I could reach in and touch it. I would so get kicked out of the Louvre...by the end of the tour, I'm sure I'd HAVE to touch something just to know the texture & the artist's hand. Haha! Can't wait to see what you do with the oil sticks on the water painting.

The costume above is a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e. and very creative. I love a good, unique costume.

Thanks for the birthday wish my sweet,

Jami

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