Thursday, April 15, 2010

top seed

Top Seed ~ oil on panel ~ 8" x 8"

OMG how I love to paint in oil on panel. I was completely divorced from reality while painting this crow today. During that time it clouded over, rained, and cleared up again. Or so rumour has it.

I'm doing a set of four small 'study' panels using a combination of my hard edged acrylic style (but in oil) for the graphic stencilled part ... and my looser, blended way of using oil paint for the more naturalistic elements. I'm not sure yet if it's working but it is teaching me patience as I need to wait between steps/layers for the paint to dry. One down, three to go.

9 Comments:

Blogger Lisa Riehl said...

Love love love it! (I have a thing for crows!) You painted him beautifully! And I love your graphic style combined with the realism...

15/4/10 10:08 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

I like! but of course, you must know that, it is after a crow (perhaps one for "Corvidae"?). I must get on with it, while you were being good and productive, I spend most of the day at 2 different lakes, neither dishes nor paintings were tended to.

15/4/10 10:10 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

oh it's workin! beautiful :D

16/4/10 7:03 AM  
Blogger Costescu said...

Love it, totally working imho :) I love how flowing you have painted the crow yet still with your graphic style.

16/4/10 10:52 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm diggin' on the paint strokes in the background. I like the textured feel. Very inspiring, makes me want to go out and buy a set of oils.

16/4/10 11:26 AM  
Blogger Angela Recada said...

I love everything about this! When I see art from fabulous artists like you, I see how much I still need to learn. Can't wait to see the next three.

16/4/10 12:10 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Lisa: Thanks. I'm thinking I need to explore this further...

Ellen: Doesn't sound like a waste to me! And yes, I want a few small panels of corvids. The real (i.e. big) work will come later.

Val: I'm thinking it is, too, now that it's the next day and I have "fresh eyes".

Tracey: I'm looking for more reference material that I can "exploit" with flowing lines but having trouble. I know it's out there somewhere -- just have to find it.

Jennifer: Yes! In real life it's the best part -- the textured feeling and the reflection on the different planes of paint.

Angela: Thank you for the kind words! Starting this series makes me realize that the past 9 yrears have not been a waste and I've come a long way. Even the parts where I didn't paint for 6 months at a time were part of the process. It really is 90% perspiration, 10% inspiration.

16/4/10 3:46 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

My favorite that you have ever done!
It is beautiful in design and execution!

24/4/10 12:13 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Lilah: Secret -- I like it a lot, too. The one above has gotten a fair more attention, though. Weird.

24/4/10 1:17 PM  

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