Friday, May 22, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 139


Happy Friday! We are set to go out of town for the weekend and go camping. Well at least my version of camping, which involves a cabin in the woods. It will be great to get out of town and get a little inspiration from eastern Oregon, which is full of beautiful trees and high desert. 

I still plan on waking up early before kiddos, to have some art time.  The best part about traveling out east is the early morning smell of dew and the long morning shadows. I will be armed with my water colors and sketchbook.

What are you up to this weekend?

I had my second baby in November of 2014. I felt this over whelming feeling that I just needed to make art.  I am painting art everyday in 2015! This is Day 139.  If you want to read more about this project click here.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Start Oil Painting- On the Cheap (Part 2)


In Part One, we talked about how and where to get oil painting supplies on the cheap. Now I want to to give you a really basic supply list. The fun thing about oil painting is that you can start out with a pretty basic supply list.  It can get expensive but the trick is to buy gradually and get a good core supply list.  Oil Paint can last a really long time especially if you put the cap on the tube. :)

Here goes, the basic supplies!

1. Paint Brushes. Buy a Synthetic Number 4 Round/Filbert/Flat. It can be cheap, just make sure the bristles don't fall out.  The great thing about about cheap brushes is that if you make a mistake and don't clean them properly, then you are only out a few bucks.  I previously wrote about brushes here. If you are just starting out, just get inexpensive ones and you can just be free to make awesome art. Usually art supply stores have a generic synthetic brush (not in a bag) and look at the bristles to make sure they are firmly in the ferrule. (the metal that holds the bristles).

2.  Paint.  You can buy a easy oil painting kit and it's the best bang for your buck. However some of those colors are a little strong and not the best to just start out with. Here is what I suggest to get started and they are more forgiving color. Yellow Ochre/Burnt Umber/Ultramarine Blue/ Cadmium Red/ Sap Green/ Burnt Sienna/Titanium White.  The expensive color is Cad Red but it's the best basic red to start with and it's a tube that will last you a long time. Optional colors that I love but can wait would be Pthalo Green/Cobalt Blue/Lemon Yellow.  Buy a professional grade, it doesn't have to be the highest end professional grade.

3.  Linseed Oil. The smallest and cheapest. a little goes along way and you can experiment with adding different sorts of oils later but linseed is a great basic that will give you base you need to feel the fluidity of your paint.

4.  Solvent. I use Turpenoid or Gamsol and you can buy a small container and get a bigger size later. It's important to clean your brushes and help the flow of your paint this is something will use.

5.  Canvas Boards or use the sketchbook Aquapaper by Bee Paper for initial painting surfaces. In the few art classes that I have taken, the instructors mostly use the boards. I use Aquapaper sketchbook because its a thick paper with little tooth and holds the paint really well.  I could never go back to any other sketchbook.

I also want to say I did not go to art school but I have been painting for a really long time.  You will develop your own palette, as you let your art grow and change.  This is just a basic list, that I think will give you the best results to learn and create the things you imagine.  Painting takes love mixed with practice but you can totally do this.

I had my second baby in November of 2014. I felt this over whelming feeling that I just needed to make art. I wanted to make more art then I ever did before I had kiddos. I am painting art everyday in 2015! This is Day 138.  If you want to read more about this project click here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 137



Happy Wednesday! Inspired by the lovely Moorea Seal Store. I love an art challenge! Moorea is hosting a makers challenge on Instagram, to make something inspired by her store.  Theres still time if you want to  draw, sew, knit, carve and/or collage something awesome,. Just use the hashtag #mooreamakes

I am painting art everyday in 2015 everyday! This is also Day 137. If you want to read more about this project click here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 136


Ice Cream face plant.

I have been starting this habit of waking up really early before my house gets up. It has been something that I have started looking forward to everyday. If I wake up a little late or skip my alarm, it feels like I am off all day long. It's been one of those days but it's nothing that ice cream can't fix.

I am painting art everyday in 2015 everyday! This is also Day 136. If you want to read more about this project click here.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Start Oil Painting- On the Cheap! Part 1


I love oil painting! I love it. The best thing about it is the versatility of the medium. There is something so beautiful about it and it's my absolute favorite thing to do.  It's magical and I can't quite describe if it's the rolling the paint brush in the paint or placing the brush on the surface and just creating.

Oil painting can be such a hard practice and extremely intimidating.  It has been around for over 500 years! which means there are a ton of choices and decisions, that have nothing to do with composition or even a small idea of a painting.

The first thing to figure out when starting to oil paint is how to shop and then the supply list.  Having good quality material enhances the quality of the work but I have discovered it can be a lot less expensive then acrylic painting with out sacrificing the quality of materials.

Oil painting can be and get really expensive.  Some tubes of paint can cost around $30 and that's just one tube! So before I go into a basic supply list (part 2). I don't want you to go down a rabbit hole with buying a bunch of unnecessary supplies. I want to give you a few tips on when, where and how to buy.

Here are some tips and tricks, to start your oil painting on the cheap.

1.  Shop at your local art supply store and ask if they have any sort of discount program. Most art supplies store offer a preferred customer program for free. Then you get an automatic discount every time you buy or get coupons.  Being on their mailing list, you will get notified when the big sales happen.

2.  Find out when your favorite oil painting brands have sales. Most companies have a big sale around August because it's back to school time. Gamblin Paint has two big sales a year, and its the best time to buy the really expensive tubes of paint. To find out about the sales, just ask specifically when a brand is having their semi annual sale.

3.  Buy paint at garage or estate sales. I love thrifting! If it's an estate sale, the person usually has some sort of hobby, if it's sewing, photography or painting. which means lots of art supplies. The biggest tip in buying second hand paint is squeezing the tube and making sure the paint is still good. It just takes a second but squeeze the end, make sure it's soft in the tube and not dried out. Since it's a garage sale- always negotiate for the best price. Always.

4.  Check to see if your town has a used art supply store. Used art supply? could it be true? In Portland, the used art supply store I've Been Framed.  They have new stuff too but they have a ton of stuff at reduced cost and not just oil paints but lots of other different types of media. It's worth checking out.  If you do buy used paint or thinners- check the liquidity of it to make sure it's still fresh.

5.  Discover if there are any local oil painting brands in your town.  I live in Portland and there are two that make paints here in town. Gamblin and Grumbacher They love connecting with local artists and usually have special sales for their small local art supply stores and also do tours! It's a great way to connect, support locally and learn how it's made.

Part 2 is having a basic oil painting supply list- so stay tuned.

I am painting art everyday in 2015.  This is also Day 135. If you want to read more about this project click here.