Thursday, April 19, 2012

Oil Painting Again - And Loving It!

As some of you know, for the last twelve years I've painted on silk - for accessories & apparel.
Well, this little painting in an old book, got me wanting to paint with oils again!
I loved the simplicity and the monotone colors. I thought, "I can do this!".

So engrossed with art was I, that I couldn't wait to go to the Norton Simon Museum with my fabulous artist friend, Linda Walker. (I'm a huge fan of the gift shop/book store too.)

And this sculpture. Is it my imagination, or is he checkin' out her boobs?

Another look at the painting that enticed and inspired me.

So... could someone please tell me why this is the subject-matter I chose to paint?!!
I actually know why. It's because of the colors. I love colors! Even when painting on silk, I love bright, jewel-toned colors.

OK. Time to get my supplies set up. I started with my water-soluble oils. The regular oils and thinners are too toxic for delicate-little-ol'-me.

This is the palette I thought I'd use, but I only used it for a short time. It was just too small and would have made me paint little-bitty, picky brush strokes. Not my style.

This is the one I ended up using later on. Nice, large area for mixing paint.

Ohhh, I do love my palette knives!

But I especially love my brushes!!

And I've got to have my color wheel!

I am who I am, so I have to plan, plan and plan some more.

Of course there has to be some pretty music involved. Italian love songs work for me!

And now we begin. This is my sketch.

Sooo much fun!!

The first day of painting.

Laying down the base-colors.

Day two. I decided I reeeally had to have another color wheel. Pot lids come in handy for drawing circles. I don't cook, (raw foodist) so that's the only use they get. :)

Putting in some shadows and hi-lights.

End of day two.

Day three. Finally switched over to the larger palette. I love when every thing's nice and clean and fresh paint is laid out.

It doesn't stay that way for long.

End of day three.

I needed some new brushes. Really. I did.

Day five. A peek into my studio and its surroundings. I love it here!!

Wow. There's no stoppin' me now!

End of day five.

Day six. I'm on a roll.

The end of day six.
Yay! Almost finished! I still have another few hours to work on it and it'll be a done deal. Sooo much fun!!!!!!!! By the way, the colors in these photos are really not as bright as they are in real life. It must be my camera. It can't be the photographer!

I started this painting, on the left, a year ago and posted it on my blog, but lost total interest in it. I may finish it now. Now that I've got that oil painting bug again!!
I'll post my current painting as soon as it's finished. I may even splurge and buy a frame for it.
Stay tuned, okay? ~

I love Vincent Van Gogh!! 
We saw some of his paintings at the Norton Simon. Fabulous!!
I understand that some of his relatives have recently been discovered...


His obnoxious brother — Please Gogh
His dizzy aunt — Verti Gogh
The brother who ate prunes — Gotta Gogh
The brother who worked at a convenience store — Stopn Gogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia — U Gogh
The brother who bleached his clothes white — Hue Gogh
The cousin from Illinois — Chica Gogh
His magician uncle — Wherediddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin — Amee Gogh
His Mexican cousin’s American half brother — Grin Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach — Wellsfar Gogh
The constipated uncle — Can’t Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt — Tan Gogh
The bird lover uncle — Flamin Gogh
His nephew the psychoanalyst — E Gogh
The fruit loving cousin — Man Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking — Wayto Gogh
The little bouncy nephew — Poe Gogh
The sister who loved disco — Go Gogh
His niece traveling the country in a van — Winnie Bay Gogh
And a musical cousin from Liverpool — Ring Gogh
- By Pat Miller

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  1. oh yay!!! sooo glad you are inspired to pay t again !! and yes i think he is c hacking out her boobs!!! love you!!

  2. Love the insight into your studio! What a lovely palce to be. Great paintings! Ros

  3. Love that you share your passion with your blog. I feel that your heart is in your painting; just beautiful.

  4. So much fun to see your painting in progress. Love what you are doing just as I loved what you painted "you"...lovely & lively.

    Yes he was checking out her boobs & she is giving him full view (pretending to look off at something else)...hahhaha...such a good time at the museum.

    See you in the fall - more treks I hope.

  5. So glad that you're painting again. Love what you are doing just as I loved the work you did "you"...lovely & lively.

    Yes he is checking out her boobs & she is pretending to gaze off, giving him a full view. So much fun at the museums - I hope the Getty also survived our rampage.

    See you in the fall - another trek I hope.