Khloe & Helana's Music Video

Saturday, April 30, 2011

First Oil on Canvas - 18" x 24"

I've never worked in oils before, so I decided the quickest way to get a feel for this medium was to do it the Bob Ross speed painting way. I learned a LOT, some of what NOT to do, & some of what I really need to practice to do well. 

The palette knife is not my friend! I felt like a 2 year old handling it, & that's what the mountains are done with.

Another discovery - I'm a sloppy oil painter. Even though I wore an apron, I still got paint on my top, on a pair of scissors lying on the table, on the table. My brand new easel has so much paint slopped on it, it looks like it's been in someone's studeo for years & years. Ummmmmmmmm, I didn't purchase enough paint thinner, so my brushes all have a sap green tinge to them.

Will I continue to works with this medium? I have to admit, as much as I stumbled & bumbled around, I still enjoyed it. As for what the painting itself looks like? It is what it is - a first-time oil painting, so I'll just let that speak for itself. I didn't have high expectations, so I'm not disappointed. I do have a new flame burning, though fueled by the desire to paint a better picture.

Encaustic Wax Painting - Winter Pines ATC

Winter Pines
encaustic wax painting

Encaustic Wax Painting - The Pond ATC

The Pond
encaustic painting

Monday, April 25, 2011

Encaustic Painting - Take Time - Artist Trading Card

I've had this picture in my head for a while. Nothing earth shattering, just roses. I painted this picture with encaustic wax & a stylus  tool only. It's 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" - artist trading card size, but until I do another one, I'm really not wanting to trade this card.
Take Time
encaustic wax painting

Monday, April 18, 2011

Encaustic Painting - Spring in the Valley - 8"x10"

Well, best laid plans you know? I was going to do another abstract encausic so I could do the shellac burn. I ended up doing this rather realistic one & just couldn't ruin it with the shellac burn.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Encaustic Wax Sellac Burn - Mountain Landscape

I tried out a really unusual technic this week-end. I found this Youtube video:

I started with an abstract encaustic wax painting done on an 8"x10" clay board. I added a layer of shellac, then dabbed on shellac colored with PearlEx powder. I sprinkled on some silver PearlEx powder, then ignited the picture with a match. Once the burnable component in the shellac had burned off, I repeated the process. My PyroMuse loved it! Here's the picture. I'm not crazy about the brown spots, so I'll rub those with some PearlEx powder before I seal it. It's much more abstract after the burn process. I love the light blue just below the center - that's from the burn. They look like a field of blue flowers.

I'll be making a stop at Hobby Lobby to buy some more clay board tomorrow.