I decided to try for my current most challenging goal - an oil painting with lots of soft and active edges.

This lovely photo was from a previous flowers class. Students learn how to set up both small and larger arrangements, and how to work with lighting for the best effect. Plus I demonstrate and teach, in watercolour, oil and acrylic, a large variety of techniques for painting flowers.

Next flowers class starts April 10, beginners through advanced students welcome, info here:

Quick sketch with 4B pencil on prestretched canvas and I was off and running.

Once the dark brown was on, I decided that the shape was too large. You can see where a damp brush removed some of the brown oil paint.  Gotta love water mixable oils!
After the whites were established, I began inserting shadows. Some are a neutral gray made with ultra blue plus burnt sienna, and some are a grayed phthalo blue - both with various amounts of white.

Quickly roughed in the lovely bowl - squinting and thinking "main shapes only". Decided to completely get rid of the dark brown. This time I simply went over top with phthalo blue and let the brown stir in. 

I got out the palette knife and put thicker layers on both the whites and the shadow areas. My instinct was saying that I needed more paint on the surface in order to take the final step which involved the edges challenge. 

Deep breath, clean square brush in hand, and boldly went where I had never gone before! 

Here is the finished painting... What do you think of the end result? I'm excited about it and eager to try this on a larger painting.

Oil by Cheryl O

White Roses - by Cheryl O
Oil on pre-stretched canvas - 8" x 8"
$140. + HST

Don't forget that the early bird special for the Women's Cottage Art Retreat expires on Feb 1st! Wonderful location for some creative weekends.

Keep warm and happy painting till next time!
Cheryl O

by Cheryl O

Today's Quote:

"The more I practice,
the luckier I get with my art."
Author Unknown

"Marble-ous" by Cheryl O
Oil 12" x 12"
$325. + HST

Today's Quote:

"The more I practice, the luckier I get with my art ."

Author Unknown