Saturday, February 26, 2011

My first oil painting finished Sunday sketch

Hi guys thought I'd post pics of my finished piece. Because it has been a work in progress from a sketch that I submitted to Sunday Sketches last week I thought I'd submit the finished piece to Sunday Sketches this week :0) As you can tell from my the photos in my last post, I did another layer of colours over my entire painting. After I let the painting dry enough I was able to paint more on top and I love how the oils pop! I think this piece turned out better than I expected and I really enjoyed doing it! Using oils made me slow down alot and think more about what I wanted to do as I couldn't be in a hurry with the drying time.




It's funny I realised this week that I really like the smell of the oil paints and that it brought back a few memories for me. My Bampi (granddad) used to paint in his spare time he was actually very talented but it was something that he used to do now and again when he retired. I think he could have done alot with his talent in another place and time. But I think back when he was growing up being artistic and creative wasn't as encouraged as it is today. Painting with oils reminde me of him :0)

I'm looking forward to doing more of these, I guess my only real problem with oils is the drying time, it's not very convenient to leave paintings out on your desk to dry for days on end. What do you guys who use oils do with your paintings  when you're finished? And how long do they tend to take to dry? My other thought was do I need to varnish it? I find with acrylic paint that varnishing helps make the colours pop alot more but I wasn't sure if I needed to do that with oils. Can you tell that I'm fumbling my way through this one? ;0) Hope you're all having a great weekend :0)

10 comments:

Sheila Nielsen said...

Ohh, this is absolutely adorable, girl. It's one of those kinds of paintings, that brightens up a room and makes one smile! The structure you've made on the background makes the painting VERY vibrant. You HAVE to keep up doing this - it sort of comes natural to you (?) making something like this. I'm looking forward to see more. Hugs and creative thoughts.
~Sheila

Artist Terri Smith said...

Beautiful Nicola! I Too Am Reminded Of Someone Special Each Time I Smell The Slightest Whiff Of Turpentine. Such A Lovely Post..Thanks So Much For Sharing. Hugs From The Peach State, Terri

Julia Christie said...

I love how this turned out Nicola - beautiful! I'm afraid I don't use oil paint at all so I can't help you with the best way to use it, but you have done a fabulous job here!

Smiles

EVA said...

This turned out beautifully Nicola! And extra sweet that trying a new technique brought back memories of your grandfather.

Tiffany said...

beautiful as always !:)

Shirley said...

Nicola! This turned out beautifully! I'm so impressed as to how you try new things and make a go of them. I'm loving all of the beautiful texture and vibrancy of this piece..and how neat that it brought back memories of your grandpa! Hope all has been great in your world!

Diana Evans said...

Hi Nicola...........

this is beautiful!!!!! love this piece....

Magic Love Crow said...

Nicola, wow, beautiful! And, I think it's so special that the paint smell, brought back memories of your grandpa ;o)

Missy said...

Such a lovely painting!

Kelly Berkey said...

hi nicola! just lovely...i love the color and texture. something about oils...try doing one thing in oil over an acrylic background sometime...the contrast is so pretty in person!!
xo

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