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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Oil painting

Looking back on a painting I did some time ago.  This oil painting was something I did in a lesson with art tutor Sharon Ball in Bristol.   Sharon teaches the Bill Alexander/Bob Ross technique of oil painting, it was good to learn something new.

just thought you would like to see the result...on this Look Back Sunday...




















22 comments:

  1. Interesting to see something different from you.

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    1. Thanks Polly. Yes, I have moments where I suddenly decide to use a different technique. I like oil painting, but Interactive Acrylics suit me better really, they seem to be a good alternative to oils....they aren't smell, not messy to clean up and dry quicker :-)

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  2. It's about time I stopped in for a visit. I prefer acrylics to oils too...I make mud out of the later when I don't know enough to quit. What I really like is your watercolor/ink work. So free. And the story of your relationship to the Mountbattens is so interesting. I had better check in more often!

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    1. Hi Lori...I also like using Interactive Acrylics...much more free to use than basic acrylics. With the Interactive ones, you can re-wet them and keep blending.

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  3. oh, this is so nice!! i've never worked in oils before.

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    1. Hi Sue....some artists do stay in one medium don't they. I like to try the three Oil/Acrylics/Watercolours...But I have phases of using them. All of a sudden one day, I will decide to work in Oils and complete a piece. I have to admit that at one time I couldn't really decide which medium I preferred, which is probably why I switched about so much....these days I know I really prefer watercolours. Some say you cannot change a watercolour, once the paint is down you are stuck with it, but I would disagree with that. I've actually changed a watercolour through an error and (I think) it has turned out good. It's quite a debate isn't it.

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    1. Thanks Christine....bear in mind I was under tuition for this. Sharon Ball was a very good teacher. I've tried to find her website, but haven't been able to pick it up as current. I do hope she is still teaching. A talent she was able to share shouldn't be wasted should it.

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  5. Makes me think of warm, tropical places instead of the view of the tundra from my windows. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks CJ, yes it does make us think of lovely weather doesn't it. I have to thank my tutor for this, but I learnt so much about the technique. Although I don't use it greatly these days, I will suddenly go back to it I'm sure.

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  6. This came really well. Sometimes it is fun to look back and see what we created and use it as an inspiration for something new.

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    1. That's true Joan. We also look back and see with fresh eyes don't we.

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  7. This is so lovely Ann, love the all green and the 'smile' of the Dolphin :-)

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    1. Thanks Jane, it was a fun painting to do and I found the technique easy to pick up :-)

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  8. I don't think I ever saw this one! Awesome!

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    1. Thanks Robin....think I'll do some more oils soon.

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  9. This is beautiful. I love that it is such a limited colour palette - it really creates that under water feel.

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    1. Thanks Nic. I thought that too, the one colour seems to work. Something I learnt for future paintings too :-)

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  10. Nice dolphin, you obviously enjoyed painting him. And you enjoyed the art course too. My friend and I decided to go to a new landscape painting course this time, but we are both regretting it. The teacher is far too fond of himself and is very arrogant, and says his way is the only way, all other ways are WRONG! He wants us to outline everything in black first. My friend says she's not going back, but I'll give him a couple more weeks but only because I don't want to waste my money, but he doesn't actually teach anything, he just lets us get on with whatever we want and then criticises. Not my idea of a good teacher. Can you tell I'm frustrated?

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    1. There are a lot of watercolour techniques, but sounds like your teacher is definitely an arrogant person! There are plenty of watercolour tutors out there - I hope this doesn't put you off watercolours, they are a fun medium.

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    2. I'm only using acrylics, watercolour has no attraction for me at the moment.

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    3. Oh, I hadn't realised, thought you had started using watercolours. Acrylics are good, as they dry quickly.

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