Monday, May 19, 2008

Ballerina painting. 12x16

Chandra, 12 x16, oil on Raymar

I've been working on this for almost a week, and I decided to call it done tonight. I'm really happy with the way it came out, so I'll be saving this one for a show or gallery.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

First signs of spring in Chester Springs

Sold Miller Road Forsythia and Stream, 10x14, oil on canvas panel

Well, I finished my first painting with Holbein Duo Oils, which are water-based oils that do not require clean-up with turps or the use of mediums. It was a little weird getting used to them, because they feel a little different in terms of overall thickness and consistency and the colors are a little different from what I have been painting with for 2 years now. But overall I really liked them! They have the same gooey, buttery texture of oils, but clean-up easily with water and soap like acrylics. And no fumes! Very cool!

I painted this scene from a photo that I took before moving to Florida. I always knew it was spring in my little town of Chester Springs, Pa. when the forsythia was a-bloom on Miller Road. (see photos below). I used to walk past this little scene everyday on my morning jog- (there's a little stone spring house to the left of the meandering spring which I'll attempt to paint very soon! It was a very idyllic and calming place to walk and jog.

I intend to work this a little more tomorrow, but it's 90% finished at this point.