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I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go.  I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures.  I cannot believe it's been six years now!  Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:
1.  Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic
2.  About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea
3.  I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while
4.  It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at once
With all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!  

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Oil painting!

I have never had the desire to work with oil paints, maybe because it was the drying time that turned me off.  Maybe because I knew that all the Masters painted in oils and it was very intimidating.   I started out with acrylics probably because that's what my mom paints with plus sometimes she gives me her extras.  Most of my first brushes were from her also (she calls them her "scruffy brushes").  So I started out in acrylics.  Then a few years ago I decided I wanted to teach myself watercolors so I checked out books at the library, bought books online and practiced.  I loved watercolors.  Just about a week ago I decided that I wanted to try oil paints.

I have always been a big fan of Georgia O'Keeffe.  I have a board on Pinterest of some of her work here. Most of her paintings are extreme close ups of flowers just like a lot of my photography.  So that's where I started, books from the library on oil painting and my photography pictures.  My favorite flower is the black-eyed susan so I found a picture and started sketching.
Start with the lightest color first
Then the darker colors and here is the finished product
Before this one was completely finished I started sketching my second one, two little Amish children watching the horse auction in Lancaster, PA.  I took this picture last year among  hundreds of others so I think I may do an Amish series.  Anyone that knows me knows I am slightly obsessed with the Amish (and I'll be going up there again this year, I can't wait!)

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