It;s a Rhodiful Day in the Neighborhood! Yet but another new oil painting. This one is 10 in. square. I like painting a square. It is a different challenge. It is always fun making it work. I really tried to push the color here again. I want to put as much color as I can with out making it to crazy. Sometimes I like to make it crazy ,but not this time .I think most people want to buy a reasonably realistic painting, One that they can identify with or one that has meaning for them. Trying to make it feel like a Rhododendron in bloom on an late Spring day. It is Summer today though and a very warm one . I hope all are enjoying it. These are the days some wait for all winter. Have a good one until next time :)
Here is another new oil painting, it is 9'x 12' I painted it from a photo I took. As I try to continue writing on this blog, ( that I hope maybe someone reads!) I like painting " white " paintings once in a while. It forces you to see and paint the colors that are in the shadows. There is so much color every where, most people do not see it. Artists are trained to see color, instead of just the local color of an object. We try to see the colors that are really there. You might think it is ridiculous! but color is there. Another note, I have a tip on cleaning brushes, after you are done painting for the day or you want to get a certain color out of your brush, (this is if you are painting with oils or acrylics) wipe most of the paint off your brush with a rag or paper towel, then if you are using oil paint, dip your brush into paint thinner, then continue to wipe the excess paint off your brush and then go to the sink and use soap and warm water, swirl it in the palm of your hand until the soap gets to be the color of the paint in your brush,rinse it and repeat until the brush is clean. Let it dry on a flat surface.When the brush is totally dry then you can stand it on it's heal end. NEVER stand a brush on the brush end in water or in anything else. it will ruin it. the glue will get soft and then dry out and the ferrule will get loose and fall off the handle. Do the same with the acrylic paint except just use warm water.
I hope this helps a little. If anyone does read this blog let me know I would appreciate it. Have a productive day, and keep painting!!
I am helping out this year, as I have done in the years before. We are trying to make the hall of the church look like a cave. So far, some kids have seen it and it is a big thumbs up! We try our best. So glad I have had some help. I always love to see the kids faces when they first see it. Then I get a good indication of how well we did. We are almost done for this years Vacation Bible School. Next week the children come to enjoy and learn about their faith. I will post more when finished. I always love giving back to God with the gifts God has given me. We all have gifts , let us use them for the good of others, and be grateful for them. Enjoy your day!! :)