Summer Painting Sessions

This summer I plan to do a lot of painting with acrylics. This is the first of hopefully a lot of paintings I get done. I want to paint a lot of local landscape pieces. I really enjoy  painting. I'm still going to continue to do some smaller colored pieces, like ACEO's and 5"x7" to list on eBay. I find that switching mediums often keeps me really interested in art  and I don't get burnt out. Next week is vacation, but we have decided to stay home and my shops and auctions will run normally.

Water Soluble Oils and What I think of them

Lately I've been exploring oil painting. Years I did a little bit of oil painting in high school, but never really understood them or was interested in them so I didn't pursue them. Since I've been painting more with acrylics I got a little curious and wanted to give it a try. This was not something I just did on a whim. I've been thinking about this for a few years.

 I bought some water soluble oils last summer. I tried them a little back in the winter, but on paper for oils and it didn't seem to work very well. Also polymer clay, which wasn't bad, I kinda liked it. And just recently I tried working on a clear gessoed surface and again it didn't work well. So I finally got fed up and did research. Water soluble oils are somewhat different on what brushes and surface you use and work on. Apparently you should work on an acrylic gessoed surface and use synthetic brushes. Also they have special mediums and thinners. They sell brushes that work really well wi…

Ebay Art Listing

This my newest piece, "Rainbow Gothic Mermaid". It's a mini colored pencil painting. Starting bid is $10.00. I also have other art auctions running as well with starting bids at $10.00.
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Art Auctions on Ebay

"Queen Cleopatra and Her Cat"
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"Jaguar Kitten and Fairy" starting bid $10.00 on eBay.
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Art and more Art

So I've been really busy doing different projects and trying to be more active in connecting with the public. I did a small show recently in the town I live. I met some aspiring young artist and got some new collectors of my work. I have also entered a portrait I drew of my grandmother and my Native American mermaid "Ama" into an art contest at a gallery not to far from my house. Whether I win or loose, it's the experience of just getting my work seen more in person by the public and meeting other working artist.

My mailbox was looking pretty sad, so husband bought a bigger metal one and I did paintings on both sides and front. The other side is a woodpecker with babies and the front is morel mushrooms and white flowers. I wanted to do something that what our home is about. The wildlife here is wonderful and abundant. I love living in the country.

I also have been doing a good bit of acrylic paintings. Mostly small little canvases, but I did get a commission project…

My tips on using Faber-Castells and Caran d'Ache Colored Pencils

Well I'm back in my studio and I'm really happy to be working again. I've been having a bit of a battle with my back, but I've started to exercise and work out. It seems to be helping some.

This week I started some remakes of 3 aceo's I drew awhile back. I decided to try and use more lightfast colors, because about a month or so ago I noticed a drawing I did with prismacolor colored pencils had faded. Only certain colors had faded and all the other colors were still bright and rich. The colors that faded were pink and purple. So I took the drawing out of the frame and reworked the faded areas with Caran d'ache Luminance colored pencils and Faber-Castell Pencils.

So after that experience it really got me thinking. I have been cautious with my selections of colors the last 3 or 4 drawings. I'm making the decision to transition into more lightfast colors. I have a lot of prismacolor colored pencils. I'm talking about 800 to 1,000. I do have drawings I did…