Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cherry Reflections (SOLD)

I'm playing with oils again... I'm so not used to being able to change my mind - but with oils you can change things endlessly. Talk about safety nets - if I do something I don't like, brush right over it and it magically goes away till I get it right. Acrylics does not offer that luxury unless I'm working with the new GOLDEN "Open" Acrylics, that don't dry fast. They offer lots of flexibility as well, and I'm experimenting with them too. Its clear to me that my style of painting changes a bit with the type of materials I use - and I'm working a bit slower with oils. As I get more familiar with them I'm sure I'll speed up. But for now, its a good learning experience. One of the most difficult parts of the entire painting was signing my name - since I use large brushes, plus the oily surface is wet and slippery - I couldn't get any delicate brushstroke or "traction". Nothing was working. So I had to chop down one of my brushes to get it small enough to get a tiny signature. I was ready to leave it unsigned ...but stuck with it and finally got my name painted ... I'll get it figured out sooner or later.

Cherry Reflections
6x6" oil on canvasboard
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louise said...

Beautiful! I think oils suit you :)

Seriously, this seems to be the perfect medium for your style of painting. I've loved these last two pictures.

Kim Rempel said...


Carol Schiff Daily Painting said...

You are an accomplished painter is acrylics and oil. Your oils seem to have a delicate and appealing touch to them.

You might want to try carving your name in the paint with the tip of your paintbrush handle.

Patti Mollica said...

Hi Gals - thanks! yes, i did try scratching my signature into the canvasboard but with a pushpin - it didn't really work. i'll have to put the wooden end of one of my brushes in the pencil sharpener to get a sharp point. I was also given the suggestion of using Liquin, which softens the paint so it flows better. Any advice on what type of brush you use for those tiny signatures?

Shirley Fachilla said...

About the signature thing, sometimes the end of the brush works, sometimes I use one of those pencil-shaped paper things intended for use when shading charcoal or graphite sketches. (all in wet paint, of course)
Your painting is beautiful. Isn't oil grand? It gives chance after chance to make things right or just start again from stratch with a wipe.

Laurel Alanna McBrine said...

Have you tried engraving your signature with the other end of the brush? Sometimes works well, especially if you have dark over light ground or light paint over a dark ground. Alternatively, I wipe away much of the paint in the spot I want to sign and use my smallest brush. Your work is great!

Patti Mollica said...

I actually did try engraving into the ptg. with the end of my brush - but i think that works better on a hard panel like gessoboard. i ended up carving into the canvas and not getting a clean line. i'll try it with the gessoboards tho. thanks for the suggestions!