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Category: oil painting


Oil Painting Class Wrap-up
August 25th, 2011

I haven’t posted my oil painting class progress the last few weeks simply because I forgot to take pictures before I left. Next week is my last class and I’ll be experimenting with oil wash so I finished up my final painting this past Monday. Not too bad. My barn is a little wonky but I like how the textures and colors turned out plus I like the different canvas size.

I think my next class will be in stained glass this fall.

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Art Camp – Day 2
August 2nd, 2011

Today’s Day 2 of Art Camp and I think we are moving to half day camps. Although I would love to go all day making art and experimenting with new mediums, the Woog seems to lose interest after lunch and Ocee seems to be a bit fussy in the early afternoon. So, we’ll just focus on about 4 hours a day of art. Ocee didn’t make anything this morning due to napping plus today’s mediums were not a good fit for him. I might try something after his afternoon nap.

Today we finished up our boot paintings from yesterday:

And we did some scratch board art:

The Woog is giving this piece to a friend who will be coming over on Saturday to “make a music video.” Not sure what that involves.

While doing this piece I heard this about 50 times “Momma, that lady is really freaking me out.”

Tomorrow we’re devoting the day to Junk A Doodles!

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Art Camp – Day 1
August 1st, 2011

With only a week and a half left of summer vacation, this week was declared “Art Camp” in the studio and today was Day 1. We started off the morning with the Woog visiting my oil painting class. I painted while she sketched and looked at the techniques of the other women in the class. I even let her paint a little on my painting. We then came back to the studio and watched (pretty much in fast forward) a video of the biography of Pablo Picasso. We then started with the art!

First was oil painting of the Woog’s red cowboy boot (still in progress):

We had to “erase” her’s a couple of times until she got the hang of it. Ocee slept during this part of camp. probably better that way. I don’t think a 6 month old oil painting would have been a good idea.

Then when we couldn’t do anymore to our pieces until they dried some, sowe moved onto oil pastels:

Ocee join in after his nap. He took to the oil pastels fairly well by stabbing the paper with them

Tomorrow we have another full day of it so stay tuned!

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Oil Painting Class Day 5
July 25th, 2011

Day 5 of oils and I went in to scrap the entire piece. The piece I’m currently working on is not something I’d ever hang up in the house, so I decided to take the day and just experiment with “gooping” (that is the official term I believe Van Gogh used – j/k) the paint on and mixing it on the canvas. Using different brushes and getting a really loose technique going. Next week I’ll start on a new painting. I also experimented with some brighter more electric color. It’s not much to look at, but here’s how it looked by the end of class:

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Oil Painting Class Day 4
June 28th, 2011

Day 4 of oils and making more progress. Nothing spectacular but I can’t wait to move onto another piece where I plan to built up more color and texture and actually do a piece I’d hang in my house. I won’t have another class until the end of July but hopefully I’ll be able to finish it then.

If you missed my giveaway post yesterday, check it out!

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Oil Painting Class Day 3
June 21st, 2011

Day 3 of oils and I’m just doing a still life I set up and photographed in the studio. Didn’t get too much done yesterday on it but here’s the work in progress. Thought I’d do one more still life and maybe try a landscape next time. Looking at it now, I can see my star is off a good bit so I’ll tackle it next week.

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Oil Painting Class Day 2
June 14th, 2011

I finished up my fruit still life yesterday and next week will move onto a still life I set up. I’m pleased with how it turned out. The Woog has already claimed it for her room! “Mom, I didn’t know you could paint like that!” “Yeah, neither did I!” It’s still wet so I can’t scan it yet, so here’s a quick iphone shot.

Oh, and to those who’ve emailed & commented, use odorless turpentine and ventilation isn’t a problem at all.

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Oil Painting Class Day 1
June 6th, 2011

I’ve decided to take some “just for me time” this summer away from the kiddos and studio by taking an oil painting class at a local artist’s home. This is my first foray in oil painting and painting vertically. I have to say I really loved it and the two hour class flew by. Can’t wait until next week when I finish this still life and move onto another piece. I’ll try and post my progress each week.

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