oil on Arches OLEO
(very wet paint)
6" x 6"
I keep finding out that if I wait to paint
til later in the day -
like today, I run into all kinds of issues.
I always underpaint with red oxide,
almost always, anyway.
Today, I had the bright idea (I thought) to use a
I was looking to maybe help the ground in this painting...
it was a dull gray/drab photo of my hen Chickenator.
Learned that I shouldn't do that one..
made everything cold and gray and drab.
Although as I stated yesterday,
Chickenator is a great camouflage bird,
she blends in with the ground -
so I had to push the colors -
but didn't push them enough.
Tomorrow I am going to paint her again (#25)..
using red oxide undertone and a little different pose.
If I paint my animals, they always end up
on the wall in my house.
I put these three chicken paintings up
against one another.
Queenie - 1st one done..kind of tight, harder edges
and it took many hours..
Harlough, finished yesterday, looser, less fuss with color, bolder brushstrokes...several (but not as many) hours..
And today - finished in 2 hours - very loose,
lots of paint on the brush, more uncalculated and wilder
it takes me awhile to LOOSEN up -
loose and painterly - I like that alot.
This last one seems to have movement -
AND shows how cold it was yesterday.
And why are they all facing the same way? That's
where the sun is in the afternoon, in the
southwest on the south
side of the coop
where I take my photos and observe from.
So maybe I have found my niche
as to 'how I can loosen up and get more
bold with brushstrokes and less hard edged.'
Paint faster - have less time involved.
All in all, it was a frustrating time at the easel,
BUT I learned a few things!!