I had to joy of painting this weekend. This is my second attempt with oil paints. I found some close ups from Vincent Van Gogh’s painting and attempted to recreate the images to learn the techniques that he used in his vibrant art works.
Best part of this painting:
I love how the paintings turned out – they have a lot of character.
My favourite painting is the one of the flowers – I enjoy the value range and the placement of the white flowers.
Look at images on Pinterest and choose a few to recreate – as a study!
Think about how much paint you need for the painting.
Prepare your palette, I stuck an A4 piece of paper onto my wooden board.
Squeeze out the paint on to the palette based on how much of that colour appears in the painting.
Get your paint brushes ready, look at the strokes on the painting and pick paint brushes you think might do the job. (It’s a good idea to do test swatches to get an idea of the brush strokes at an earlier stage so you’re not fussing about at this point)
Stick tiny canvas’ on cardboard or an old magazine to keep it stable as you paint.
Have tissues next to you.
Set up the work space, with the palette on the right and canvas in front of you.
Things I learnt:
I would use waterproof surface as a palette. I thought printer paper might work…. WRONG! it just absorbed the oil and made it difficult to mix the paint.
The canvas’ were small 7cm x 10xcm so in order to create those lovely brush strokes I could have used a thinner brush.
It was hard to apply paint to create those stiff lines by using paint brushes with softer paint bristles. The one you might use for acrylic paint blends the paint and makes the strokes flat, you can see this on the yellow trees.
Stiff paint brush with oil paint is better for impressionist Van Gogh type paintings.
Working from dark to light works well.
Prior preparation: I found photos of art that I loved and made me happy. I pinned these on my Pinterest board.
I have a rolling to do list on my Iphone note and wrote this “Tiny Canvas oil paintings” down as one of the fun projects I could do in my spare time in the month of August. This got me excited and geared me up each day to paint.
When inspiration stikes me and I have a spare few hours, I take out my paints and act quickly.
Painting for about an hour to an hour and a half on small canvas’ is a good amount of time before you’ll become fatigued.
The more you paint and mix colours the better you will get at visually identifying the warmth and coolness of a colour and adjust accordingly.
Find inspiration before you sit down to paint, the creating process is much quicker. Save pictures and photos through out the week in preparation for the moment you sit down to create.
Post editing tricks: 1. Use channel mixer to get the WB levels right, meaning getting the whites as white as possible. You will need to adjust the reds, greens and blues to make the image cooler or warmer. 2. Use Curve layer to adjust the value range which will determine the level of contrast of the photo.
Things haven’t changed much the last few weeks, still in lock down and I am grateful to have this time to explore art and drawing.
I spent some time in the sun in my parent’s garden on Saturday. The sun was so lovely on my back. Under the shade of the plants hanging in the garden, I sat with my Ipad and stylus to draw the things I see in front of me. I spent about 1 hour lost in nature and the warmth of the sun just doodling. This is what I drew.
I used the Tayasui Sketches, it’s an app you can download on the Imac and the Ipad. I paid for the extra features and am actually really happy that I did. It’s really easy to use and love the textures and effects you can create on the app. So I looked up the meaning of Tayasui and it actually means easy and simple!!!
What I learnt through doing this:
I really enjoy using digital apps to draw textured drawings – it is really forgiving if you make mistakes.
The difficulty about using these apps is that you need practise to remember where the controls are. It took me a few months to get into the rhythm of drawing, knowing where the buttons were to increase and decrease brush sizes, picking the right tool for the right stroke, intensity and colour.
What helps is having a limited pallet and working with one tool at a time so you get a handle on how it lays on the digital surface … just like mediums in real life.
Doing swatches, why do they not talk about this more often!!! It has really been the best thing in my art making practice is to test the tools I have before creating something with it. Make Swatches. They look really pretty as well.
Drawing from life is so so so great for your soul. It adds so much life into your art naturally. The colours and movement really pop too!
…..the lockdown continues in Sydney, NSW. I attempt oil painting on a small canvas. My favourite part of this painting is the texture and strokes.
This is my first attempt at using oil in this impressionist way. This was really fun and intuitive, I found the medium much more forgiving then watercolours because you can layer over and over again to achieve the colour you are looking for so mistakes are rectifiable. I only used a bit of paint of each colour, mostly white, red and yellow to achieve these peachy colours.
prep surface by painting one layer of gesso on canvas (10 x 7 cm),
once dry, tape the corners of the tiny canvas to a piece of board to stabilise it,
set up on an easel,
work off a photo on my phone,
use two paint brushes, one for warm colours and one for cool colours,
work from light to dark colours,
block out shapes large to small.
Some things I learnt about using oil paints as a beginner:
Adding white gesso helps the paint dry faster and gives your painting texture,
Have a rough idea of how much paint you need before you squeeze paint onto your canvas – you don’t need the same amount of each colour,
After a while all the colours start looking the same so be intentional with the values you are trying to achieve before you start painting,
As tempting as it is …. don’t touch the painting for 24 hours at least.
Hang in there, when this is all over we can embrace the freedom together!
I feel a stillness, coziness and a closeness when I look at them. It’s an ideal state when in winter.
They were shot with a Nikon D90 camera body and 50 mm NIKKOR (5201461) lens with a focal range of .45 to 5 metres. The aperture is 1:1.4 meaning it is great for low light. This lens is great for indoor low light conditions and shooting plans in a shady garden or a dark room. The images feel intimate because you need to be up close and personal. As it is a prime lens (ie. fixed lens) I am forced to move about around the subject. The lens is made in Japan.
I purchased the 50mm manual focus lens second-hand for around $100 at Sydney Camera Market hosted by Ultimo Community Centre. The lens slso came with a nice Cokin 0-52mm UV filer too. The markets are currently on hold due to covid, hopefully one day we can visit them again.
To understand what the above numbers mean I found this article to be helpful.
Today I want to show you how to make a simple print out card that you can do in seconds. I am a do-it-at-the-last-minute-but-make-it-pretty kind of person. I often write up cards and make them the night of orrrr the day of so that I can add a personalised touch to the gifts I give.
Microsoft word has helpful ready made card templates that you can use, alternatively you can also use a blank page and section the page in half.
1. Place the image or drawing upside down on the top left hand corner
2. The message on the bottom write hand.
See example below:
I sometimes like to sketch so luckily I have a bank of drawings I can snip and paste onto a word document.
Mac shortcut keys combo is command + control + shift + 4 & use the screen print button on Windows
It was the long weekend. A spontaneous trip was in order! I grabbed my SLR camera and my puffy jacket to head off on an adventure to Apple Mountain to find me some apples. After all it was the Queen’s birthday.
A 2 hour drive out of Sydney, a pit stop at Red Rooster and next thing you know it we’re in the mountains breathing in that fresh air! The sun was shining and the sky was blue. A sip of the best apple juice I’ve ever had – Bilpin Apple juice made from locally grown apples! A bag of Pink Lady apples for $3.
Exploring was fun, here is snap shot of my journey through the bushes!
We hit some traffic on the way back but it was well worth it.
Some drawings from the mountains… I’ve got many ideas about what to do with this illustration. Curious, what do you think I should do with it?