Acrylic Under Painting

This was my attempt at working with acrylics today. Used a gesso covered piece of watercolor paper since I was just experimenting. Used a reference travel photo of a garden from our spring trip to the UK. Not looking as I imagined so decided it will be an under painting for a future oil painting. I will use my water soluble oils and add some finer details and hopefully it will be salvageable.

Used a plastic shallow container with a wet shammie under a piece of parchment paper as my palette. The paints did stay moist for a longer period of time for working. I know my acrylics are student grade and they are tubes so not the best medium to be experimenting with if I want better results. I’ll see what happens when oils are introduced over this under painting.

I did a couple of soft pastel paintings while in the “studio” today also. I really like working with them and like what can be achieved using them. Future posts probably.

Until next time….remember to stop and smell the roses.


Florida Landscape

This is another attempt at the open fields that appear everywhere near our home.  The weeds that blow in the breezes this time of year always get my attention. Did something similar to the pastel I painted a few days ago, but a bit different.  This also was just drawing from my memory of what I had seen driving around the other day.

Used my water soluble oil paints and an 8 x 10 canvas board. Worked on this a couple of different sittings rather than all at once. Florida clouds are unbelievable and very hard for me to get the way I want them! Overall not a bad effort. My photo of this one isn’t the best but you get the idea. I love working with oils but even though they are water soluble I really still don’t like the clean up with them.

Have everything I need to work with the acrylics but haven’t been inspired by any subject matter to paint as of yet. Want to try something abstract but that is out of my comfort zone and really hesitant to move forward with it…..maybe tomorrow!

Here is my final Christmas card #7 of the seven day challenge, started again with a loose wash to see what appeared and I saw a tree with sparkly ornaments. This is a mixed media piece that I used watercolor, inks and watercolor crayons that have a sparkle to them, but it doesn’t show up in this photo.

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I think I will add a vertical message on the right as the card is out of balance. Only wanted to do half of the tree as that is what I saw in the watercolor wash but now that it is finished not sure?

Until next time….dance to the music as you paint!



Today I’m posting a painting I started several months back. I used one of my watercolor paper saves that had been gesso’ed. I had white around the edges and had never bothered to finish it. So while I had the water solubles out yesterday I finished it. Not my best effort but I like the colors. Sunflowers appear quite often with me, my mother loves them, and I always feel like I’m painting the particular piece for her! Small painting only 5 x 8 in size.

Here is the day 5 Christmas card, part of my 7 day challenge to complete a series of works in a week. This poinsettia was pencil drawn then I used Inktense pencils and water. The colors weren’t intense enough so I added some Crayola kids oils pastels blended with a smidgen of a linseed oil mix I use for pastels to get the desired darkness.

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Until next time…try using something different you may surprise yourself!

Fishing at Sunset Beach

Today I’m posting the large canvas I’ve been working on for the past few days. This is the old canvas started 6-7 years ago and set aside unfinished. I always knew I would one day finish it just not sure when or how. Here it is and I’m happy with the result. Here is the under painting that I was working with.

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I think I remained true to the original overall feel I was going for back then. Done from a photo taken on Sunset Beach in Cape May NJ where the concrete sunken ship still remains in the water right off shore.  This I added during the finishing of this painting from a separate photo I had from that same day.

This is a large work for me, a 20 x 16 stretched canvas.  Back when I started this painting I didn’t know anything about preparing a canvas so I was working directly on a store bought gesso coated canvas. Since it is for my own collection, so to speak, it doesn’t matter how it will stand up against time. I used my better grade oil paints to complete this even though the under painting was done with a much lessor grade of oils.

Today I also worked on my 7 day challenge of Christmas cards so here is Day 2 card. A small pine cone and holly watercolor and ink. I also completed day 3 and 4 put I’ll post them tomorrow and be caught up!

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Feeling good today, accomplished a lot and forgot all about it being Friday the 13th!

Until tomorrow may the waters be calm in your neck of the woods.

Stroll by the Lake

This is the finished painting that I showed you in my blog the other day when I was inspired by the lime green grass shining through the bushes.  It went in a totally different direction.  I looked at the beginning painting for a couple of days and today with the paints I had left on my pallet and just an idea I finished it.  I’m really happy with the turn out.  Maybe I should stop clinging to a reference photo and think more outside my comfort zone and just paint!

This is a small painting measuring only 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 and it was completed on one of my gesso’ed watercolor paper recycles. I like the light affects and the composition, even the clouds!

I did work on my second day of the 7 day challenge and painted another Christmas card in watercolors but not a contender so not posting it! Tried to do a nativity scene but not good enough for giving.

Until next time, paint for your soul and no one else!

Over the Falls

Today I had so many ideas I couldn’t decide where to start!

Pulled out the ugly messed up oil painting from the other day and thought I could save it with a little work…..didn’t work out.  So while the pallet still had some paint on it that I didn’t want to waste a grabbed a piece of 6 x 9 watercolor paper.  So I was working with the water soluble oils, watercolor paper from a messed up prior watercolor that I gesso’ed to use again. I am starting to like the water soluble oils maybe because I never really got accustomed to regular oils and didn’t have to learn all over. I did this painting very quickly and loosely. Started out one way and ended up here as a water fall.  Didn’t use a photo reference or much to go on and this is what came out of that.  Started out as a practice to do a cloud technique I had seen online and waves which are in a lot of my work so what the heck.  As it took shape I just stood back and worked it as I felt it should be.  I’m thrilled with it actually and felt loose and no pressure, just using up the extra paint right? Will try that again!

Also worked on some other things and did a couple of art journal pages just to keep loose and creative!

Until next time stay loose!

Oil Painting Today

I did break out the oil paints today, not the water soluble ones, the real ones!  Not a good day I must say.  Painted on a prior piece of watercolor messed up paper that had been gessoed.  Did an under painting with acrylics first and forged ahead.  Was attempting to do a sky and water landscape from a colorful sunset photo.  I ended up wiping off the entire painting with mineral spirits and started over with the water soluble oils!  This went a little better but still not even close to post worthy.

Turning over a new leaf tomorrow, signed up for an online art lesson through a blog I follow, hoping for some guidance and inspiration.  Out of practice and feeling untalented at the moment.  Back to basics and a new perspective!

Spent today on the internet looking at other artists work that I find interesting, that speak to me and inspire me, hopefully tomorrow will be a better day creatively!

Until next time…….

Wakiki Beach Sunset

I missed my posting yesterday as I was working with my water soluble oils and wasn’t quite finished with this one that I wanted to post. Put the final touches on it this morning.

This is a small painting about 5 x 7 in size that I did on the gesso covered watercolor paper that I salvaged from prior mess ups.  I did two paintings and the other may show up at a later date as a post but it isn’t quite finished.

Had to photograph this one as I can’t lay it on the scanner bed wet!  I am happy with this one.  The colors in the photo are unbelievable and I think I captured them well.  I really like working with oils but just don’t have the patience to store them and wait for them to dry!  I’m going to work on a solution for this just not right now!  I do love the feeling and workability of oils.

I’m packing and working on simplifying a small art kit to take with me as I will be gone for August and September.  We’re driving north this week to be up there for a family surgery and also our second grandson is due mid to late August and I want to be there for that!  We always rent a condo in Ocean City NJ for the month of September so driving up earlier than usual for these other events and I’ll be staying through although my husband will be flying home after the surgery. He can get a flight back when the baby comes or the condo stay which ever comes first, but I’m sure that baby is coming before the end of August!  A lot of planning happening right now.  I’m enjoying my painting so much that I have to keep it up even if not everyday.  Planning to take watercolors, small sticks of pastels, sketch and wash pencils and derwent inktense pencils.  Keeping it as compact as possible must fit everything in a small craft bag that I carry!  Will cut down some small pieces of water color paper and bring some small watercolor tablets that I already have. I can always pick up paper if needed once settled.

The next couple of days I’m going to work with a water color wheel that I have Koh-I Noor 24 set as it does produce pretty good transparent colors for doing quick little studies or even for the ACEO’s that I like to paint.  Hopefully I’ll get a couple more posts in before we leave on Wednesday.

Until next time, travel light essentials only!