Everyday I will be posting a painting I have created or am working on, plus comments, tips, and ideas relating to painting.
Flower Pots at Heathcote
9x12 acrylic on canvas
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
12 x 12 oil painting on gallery canvas
I got out the water-soluble oils and tried to get this bouquet done before the flowers wilted! It has been a little while since I have done an oil painting. I have been doing watercolors all summer. They are so mess-free and easy to just pick up and paint a few minutes here and there, whereas oils are messy and take some prep and some clean up, too. The positive side of oils is the richness and depth of color you get, but then they take forever to dry and there is some drying time required between coats of paint. I am trying to decide whether to select one medium and just stick with it for a very long period of time. I have never really done that. I am one who loves a challenge, who loves something new and different often, whose brain if so full of ideas, it is hard to settle down to just one for very long! Other artists out there, do you too find it hard to settle on one medium, even one subject, such as landscape or portraits? Are you searching for your "niche" ?
Painting is my passion and I try to paint as much as possible everyday. I love gardening and decorating my home, but when it is hot like it is here in summer, I find my studio is where I want to be! I have also been writing a book about my experiences in the antique shop business. Writing a book is a lot of hard work, what with editing and trying to get one's ideas down in a concise and interesting manner, not to mention the frustrations of using the computer!! I've almost completed it, though. I love so many creative things, including quilting! There just is not enough hours in the day.