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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Oil Still Life Painting - Butterfly, Seashell & Box

I took a bit of a break from my commission today to work on a painting I started back in March, has it really been that long?!?!?  I have been itching to play with my oil paints for sometime now so I cleared a spot in my very messy studio (it was paint or clean :)) and I added a few more layers on the entire painting.

I now have to wait for everything to dry - I thought I would take up oils to work on my patience - so I can go back and focus on my commission.  The glaring white areas on the table will be dealt with in the next update.  I am quite new to oil painting so this painting could go horribly wrong at any time but I thought what the heck, I may as well post the progress :)

I have just started on the seashell shape and I think it will need many layers to get some shape and translucency.  The box texture has been suggested and then I will glaze (I think) to create more shape and get the values correct.  I am not sure how long oil takes to dry without my drying room (aka my room in the basement where the heater is - makes a perfect drying room in the winter).  The butterfly is looking a little jaundice right now but should be a nice bright orange for the next update :) Now to go clean all my brushes, ugh, cleaning is just unavoidable


Vanessa said...

WOW, so this is one of your first paintings in oil! It's beautiful. Can't believe you haven't been doing ti all this time. Keep at it. Either way it's a good thing because you're learning so much from it. I want to take up another medium but haven't been able to decide which one yet. I've been trying to decide between oil and encaustics.

Tracey said...

Thanks Vansessa, so far so good I think... I have done about 4 or 5 small oils so far I think. Most of which I am not happy with for one reason or other so I am hoping this one will "survive" and actually make it onto the wall :)

I was not looking to take up another medium but I could not resist oils any longer. I LOVE them and am looking forward to many years with them :) You do not need to use toxic mediums unless you choose too so they are no more toxic than any other medium which was a big surprise to me. Also if you start with a limited palette, the intial cost can be low. Of course I started out limiting myself but after a few sales at the art store I have more colors than I know what to do with :)