My two sisters came to visit me Nov-Dec 2021, to celebrate my significant birthday on the day after Thanksgiving. We all have art interests and I was very happy to be able to paint with my sister Hilary. We both painted from the same lesson by Colorado artist Kelli Folsom, in the free Intro to Art Life section of her website.
It was so much fun and we were both pleased with our results!
Every year at Thanksgiving (November) I use cored Red Delicious apples to hold candles for the table decoration. It seems in line with the pioneer spirit and using what is easily to hand.
A few days after Thanksgiving last year I still had these on the table and was sitting contemplating the world when I noticed a beautiful morning light on them that really brought them alive, even without flame in the candles! I quickly took several photos and painted this from one of the photos with my Geneva oil paints.
Although I’ve enjoyed the acrylic glazing process, I decided I wanted to return to something with more ‘solidity’ and depth, and a method that is more direct. I have not been able to find mediums I like for the water-mixable oils, so with some encouragement and instruction from Kari Rajkumar, I’m working with traditional oils now.
I bought a small selection of Gamblin 1980 oils locally, and have been working on exercises from Paint Coach (on YouTube and Patreon). Paint Coach (Chris Fornataro) is very good at simplifying and de-mystifying the materials and process, with excellent tutorials on all aspects of oil painting. And he’s often entertaining!
I recently tried these two pictures of baby hands with an orange using two different colored grounds. One was burnt sienna; the other was ultramarine blue. Can you tell which was which?
It’s not difficult to tell–the orange is more vibrant on the burnt sienna, and the rest of the painting is more exciting on the blue background. I found the flesh colors difficult to get correct. I like the top hand on the right the best, as it has the most luminosity.
I think hands are fascinating for their complexity of positions and expressions. I need more practice at painting them though!
I tried the same picture, but with a few alterations. I moved the apple a little more to the right of center and used lemon yellow instead of cadmium yellow pale. It seems to glow more and I’m pleased with the changes.
We have worked harder than ever this spring to protect our apples from the squirrels, who usually eat every single one. I was so happy that we have some apples developing that I took pictures of them and painted this in oils. These apples remind me of decorations on a Christmas tree!
It wasn’t as bright or luminous as I wanted, so I decided to experiment and paint it again with using lemon yellow instead of cadmium yellow pale hue.