A Foxy Gentleman

Project number two from this session of art class is a painting of a lovely gentleman (I think) fox. I originally thought it was a female and my art teacher didn’t, but I just couldn’t bring myself to paint boobs to make it true. I was inspired by (copied) this painting I found on Etsy via Pinterest. I’ve been very into foxes lately so one wearing a British riding coat seems fitting. It only took about two classes to finish up. I think it turned out pretty well! image1   I like how the plain, really light peachy background sets off the fox and makes it look more like a fancy portrait. My teacher wanted me to change it and add more color, but I stood my ground. Here he is resting on my green leather chair, as fox oil paintings are wont to do. I’ve still got to find a good spot for him/her but I think it would fit in nicely in my chair and book corner. image3The next painting I’m working on is of a rug! I hope it turns out better than it sounds in that sentence.

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Eiffel Tower Copycat Oil Painting

So my problem when I paint is that I end up being too precise and anal about my paintings so that they a. take me forever to do and b. become no fun at all and stressful instead. I’ve been really trying to break out of that lately and I thought copying the style of a loose and free painting might help. I fell in love with this painting of the Eiffel Tower before I had that idea and decided to try to recreate it. And I don’t want to give the impression that I invented this painting, I definitely copied one. (I found the painting on Pinterest and I guess it is from someone named Aja’s Etsy site, FYI. Fooled me, I thought it could have been a professional famous artist!)

This has been one of the most fun paintings I’ve done and it only took a few hours total to do (maybe like 4 – if that sounds like a lot, for me it isn’t!). It was really great for me to get out of my precise style that can be super limiting and not even fun. I hope I can continue that pattern even when I’m not working from someone else’s work! I think this is one of only a few paintings I’ve completed that I can say I love.

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The free and painterly style of this really got me to loosen my hand up. I hope it lasts and carries on into other work but if not, at least I have a completed painting I like as a consolation prize.

Quick Sunflower Oil Painting

Oil on canvas. That’s about it.

There have been a lot of oil paintings lately but with winter and Christmas coming and my job not doubling my salary, I have a feeling I may be sharing some lovely homemade knit gifts soon! Until then, here’s an oil painting I did a couple weeks ago of sunflowers. I really enjoyed doing this one because it only took me a few hours to complete (compared to the painting I’ve been working on for a couple of year that is approximately the size of a postage stamp) and I was able to be pretty loose with it and not such a perfectionist. I think the style turned out kind of cool and more impressionistic than many of mine that get too precise.

If you want to finish a painting quickly, I recommend painting something you don’t care much about! Someone else gave me this picture to paint and since I needed a break, I went ahead and did it. So here are the sunflowers – and it’s up for grabs! Sorry for the icky photo quality.

Painted Alaskan Landscapes

In honor of my upcoming trip to Alaska (I leave Friday, eee! Oh wait, sorry, you don’t care, my bad), I decided to post two paintings I did when I lived there for a year (finding new things out about me all the time, eh?). My sister’s mother-in-law is a professional painter there (oils and pastels, mainly) and we were lucky enough to be able to use her studio and her expertise whenever we wanted. While there, a number of students, my sister and I included, took a trip to Seward, AK for a plein air painting experience. “Plein air” just means “open air” in French and so that’s where we painted. It was cool enough just to be among of group of artists (if I can call myself that) painting out in the grass along the coastline, not to mention the Alaskan scenery is more than enough inspiration! (Side note: It is also really interesting to see how different people paint the same/similar subject.  I am always amazed at what a variety of styles and interpretations there are.) So here are the two paintings I did there. The first was from the water looking inland of a mountain (wish I knew the name of it but there are so so many there, who knows if there is one?!) and the second was more inland on the docks.

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Oil Painting of Bailey

My first post and about something that makes me smile: my puppy! Ok, so she’s eleven years old but she’ll always be my puppy. I can’t believe I haven’t painted her until now but this was one of the most enjoyable paintings I’ve done recently. One, it only took two sessions to complete, almost unheard of for me! Two, with some professional advice, I think I got the painting to where I want it to be. It’s always hard with a person or pet you know to get the features exactly right so it looks just like him or her to you, the artist. I think that, combined with the looser style I was able to embrace makes this one of my favorites. Here’s Bailey!

Oil on canvas