This first one is landscape of a field with barns obviously. Originally, I was going for something entirely different. What the heck, right? I threw some crows into the painting and went with it. In the end, I reckon it looks pretty good and has a bit of atmosphere to it. The picture really doesn't do it justice and I really need to invest in a better camera.
For the bottom painting, well, it should speak for itself. With all of the political shenanigans going on, it is hard not to get into the mood, isn't it? I wouldn't necessarily consider myself to be a political individual, since I can barely stand listening to any of the politicians speak for more than five minutes.
I do keep up with the latest ongoings though and watch C-Span regularly. Since Comcast hasn't been friendly with me recently, I only get Al-Jaazera. I suppose this is a good thing, since it prevents me from being brainwashed by CNN and Fox News.
Anyway, the painting features the only current presidential candidate that I sympathize with on the majority of the issues, Rand Paul. Low in the polls? Check! Outsider? Check! Different from the rest? Check! I can be categorized similarly, so all is good.
With the GOP debate tomorrow, we can only hope Paul energizes the crowd and voters. If it doesn't, I am not sure the future holds anything substantially different from what we have today. Anyway, another day, another dollar. Cheers all.
Hey there all! Just got around to uploading some new pictures. These are bigger paintings and they were painted, within the last month. Paints used? Pebeo, Winsor and Newton, M Graham and Richeson. I believe anyway.
As a beginner to oil painting, it is absolutely imperative to make sure that you experiment with a handful of different techniques. Glazing is definitely one of these, but it is a technique, which demands precision, in order to be successful. In fact, glazing is difficult and will likely leave you bewildered and frustrated on your first attempt. If you want to learn one of the easiest painting techniques for beginners, you should look no further than the stumbling painting technique! Below, you will learn all about it!
Hey there! Are you interested in learning how to paint with oils? If so, you should prepare yourself for a long, frustrating and fun ride! Learning the most imperative oil paintings techniques for beginners can be very tedious, so you will need to prepare yourself for a challenge. Thankfully, the process will also be fun, so you won't get too frustrated along the way. Below, you will find the best tips for improving your skills and progressively improving your finalized paintings.
As an oil painter, you should already understand how difficult it can be to remove oil paint from your hands, clothing and especially your brushes. Unlike acrylic paint, you cannot wash the paint away with a little bit of water. Instead, you'll need to put in a little more effort and will need the right oil paint brush cleaner. There are a few oil paint brush cleaners on the market, but only one of them will prove to be perfect for your needs. Below, you will learn everything you need to low about cleaning oil paint brushes.
When attempting to paint with oils, it is absolutely vital to make sure that you have the right oil painting medium for your specific style of painting. There are numerous different types of mediums and they're all unique in their own way. There are mediums, which will speed up the paint's drying rate, while others will slow it down. Therefore, you need to know exactly how you wish to paint, before making you decision. Below, you will be able to learn more about the best oil painting mediums.
Hey guys! As an oil painter, it is of the upmost important to equip yourself with the appropriate gear. Brushes and paints are important, but a good easel is even more so. In February of 2013, I purchase the Winsor and Newton Arun Tabletop Easel. To this day, I still use the easel and it works exceptionally well. It does have a single little flaw, but it works great and provides the user with plenty of space. Below, you'll learn about my experience with this easel.
First and foremost, it is a good idea to look at the specifications of this item. It is very lightweight at 9.4 pounds and is even easy to carry about, after it has been filled with brushes and paints. It fits a wide assortment of different canvas sizes and I even use it for oversized canvas. I just leave them hanging over the top a bit and paint a little less roughly.
Nice Storage Slots
The easel is equipped with a sliding drawer. There are several sections found inside. They're big enough for brushes and large tubs of paint. Others are small enough for small tubes of paint. By playing a little Tetris, it is possible to fit a good amount of items inside. In fact, I generally store more paint tubes inside than I actually end up using.
Incredibly Well Made
As mentioned above, I had have this easel since early 2013. During this period of time, I have used it on average 3 to 4 times a week. It has withstood the test of time thus far and never leaves me hanging. All of the bolts are still as tight as the day I received the easel. It is incredibly well made and works exceptionally well. The canvas holding portion of the easel never gives way, when painting. It remains firm and never tips or wobbles no matter how much pressure I put on it.
A Tiny Flaw
There is one tiny little flaw that could be improved. The portion that actually secures the canvas is built with a lip. When the canvas is secured in place, it makes it difficult to paint the canvas in its entirety. This isn't a problem, without a remedy though. I just position the canvas in between the wooden lips and tighten them securely. The canvas might slide around a little, but not often.
At the end of the day, I couldn't be happier with this tabletop painting easel. It serves its intended purpose excellent. Despite a single flaw, I would definitely recommend it to a friend! If you're interested in buying this be sure to follow this link to Amazon!!!
Hey guys, I am finally getting around to uploading some brand new paintings. These were completed within the last month or so. They're freshly dried and varnished. Both are impressionist hay bale paintings, which were scenes from my backyard area. For some reason, I really like the hay bale. I suppose its consistency is attractive and gives me plenty of opportunity to play with colors and composition.
The painting is completed in an impressionist style and I went a little wild with the yellows and oranges near the end. Overall, I thought it turned out pretty well and definitely formed an impression of the visual image I was observing, at the present time. This one is 18 by 24 inches.
This one was the identical scene, but I took a different approach to it. If I remember correctly, this one was actually painted first. It is a tiny bit smaller. Unfortunately, the camera didn't cooperate with me and I was unable to get all of the finer details and brushstrokes of the piece. This one is 16 by 20 inches.
Hey there again guys. Been super busy and haven't had time to update in a bit. As an oil painter, there are numerous things that you need, including brushes, brush cleaner, canvas and most importantly, oil paints. What are the best oil paints and where can you purchase them? The truth of the matter is that this comes down to a number of different factors. There aren't necessarily a single brand, which is best for all paints and all paints.
Instead, it is vital to know that the best oil paints are those that are best for your specific needs. Personally, I like to mix and match. I use a lot of different brands, including Pebeo, Winsor & Newton, Richeson and Weber occasionally. I really do try and experiment with an array of different brands. I am not a rich individual, by any means, but I do try and go out of my way to purchase new brands, when they're available.
I have found that the best oil paints for my intended purpose is those that are handmade. I really like Michael Harding and Williamsburg, although they're a little more expensive. I like my paints to be thick, fluffy and stick to the canvas like play dough. I hate getting a tube of paint, which leaks everywhere when the lid is off and it is tipped upside down. To find the best for your individual needs, you should consider your skill level and budget. Student paints are great and most people won't be able to tell the different between them.
Where To Buy Oil Paint
If you're looking to buy oil paints, I can offer two of my favorite places. First, it all comes down to what I intend to purchase. Frequently, when I manage to accumulate a little extra money, I will purchase in bulk from Jerry's Artarama. The company always delivers quickly and their product diversity is unparalleled. Of course, I only shop with them, when I am going to purchase $100+ of art supplies.
If I am going to purchase a single brush, tube of paint or impasto medium, which I use frequently, I use Amazon. You really can't lose with Amazon. The shipping is free, but a little slow, if you're not a Prime member. Also, I highly recommend checking out Amazon's warehouse deals! If frequently purchase used/defected paints and brushes there. The brushes do arrive broken sometimes, but I use them anyway. The savings are really worth it.
When it comes to selection, Jerry's is better for artists, but Amazon is easier, if you're going to be purchasing something outside of the art realm too. This is frequently my reason for using them. But both are well worth checking out!