Thursday, March 25, 2010

Painting Session: My Favorite Painting

A couple of days ago I shared a painting I'm currently working on for our living room, I also said I'd share my favorite painting I've done. But first the 'story behind the art' a few years ago I was in Hallmark looking at cards, when I came across an amazing image of a flower. I brought the card and decided I wanted to paint it. At that time I had only painted with water colors and kids paints. So I bought a cheap painting art book for $10 at Micheal's and decided to paint the picture using Oil Paints.

Since I painted this painted few years ago I didn't take pictures of my process. In short I hand drew the the flower on the canvas then filled the flower in with the oil paints and layered the colors. The hardest and messiest part paint this image was all the black oil paint I needed, I must have used two large oil tubes of paint. One thing I should mention, I love this painting but I have no place at this moment to put the painting the colors are very dramatic and bold. I'd say this painting is 98% done, I still need to paint the edges of the canvas black and sign my name. Without further adieu here's my first oil painting.







It was extremely hard for me to take an accurate picture of this painting, I think I'll have to re-read my camera's owners manual - some pictures are blurry, maybe its all the red and orange?

I like painting abstracts because its open to interpretation, the artist point of view and the viewers. I also enjoy painting flowers Ala Georgia O'Keeffe because flowers are timeless and captures beauty. What kind of paitings are your favorite?


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13 comments:

  1. I love it!! I'm totally feeling inspired to pick up a paint brush - I have no real artistic abilities and I happen to like abstracts, so I think that's the route I'd go. Great job! Can't wait to see your other painting when it's finished...

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  2. Very nice! I'm still waiting on the other reveal! The yellow and the blue...I'm so anxious to what it is!

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  3. Impressive! I like to dabble with painting, too but what I love most about it is mixing colors to create my own color. Then I just layer them because I don't know how to paint a real image. haha!

    I think my favorite paintings are usually abstracts but I like a good scenery painting as well.

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  4. Are you good at everything? Just saying... ;)

    Also, thanks for all of the fabric help the other day! Nate and I are still thinking things through. When I make the cushions for the outdoor furniture I'll be sure NOT to ask him first!

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  5. Looks great! I love the dark background. Just makes the flower pop! Georgia O'Keeffe is a fantastic artist! I've always enjoyed Matisse's painting. Anything with bright colors draws me in.

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  6. Kasey - I wish, haha.

    Ooh I need a cushion how to!

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  7. I like it! I love painting of flowers and pet portraits...especially pugs!

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  8. Great Job! You should add a lot of original art to your house.

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  9. nice job...can you do mine to ???

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  10. Love it! You are so talented and you have to find a spot to put your paintings.

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  11. Just found your blog, love it! Your picture is great! Especially for your first time using oils! I took a couple painting classes in college and have only used oils until recently I bought some acrylics. I love the way you can layer oils. Great job!!

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  12. I love Georgia O'Keeffe! Her canna painting is my absolute favorite of hers. You did a wonderful job capturing that look. There's no way you are a beginner!

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  13. I'm with Kasey. If you weren't so nice, I might have to dislike you out of jealousy. ;)

    That painting is beautiful!! I can't wait to see it hanging up. And I hear you about camera issues! I swear my house looks so much better in person but I can't ever get the camera to capture anything correctly. It dwarfs my accessories so they look smaller and is way off with the colors. Oh well!

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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