Words from The Oracle

Words from The Oracle - The phoenix can only fly when its feathers are grown

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Daily Painting - Arthur's seat from Leith Links park


Arthur's seat from Leith Links park  - Painting number 13


Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on canvas panel 9x6.5 inches

You'll notice by now that I have a love of painting the sky. I wake in the morning and immediately leap to the window to see what type of day faces me. To me the sky can be like looking at a new mountain range every hour. 
My fascination started as a child when I would lie in the grass absorbed in finding creatures in the clouds. I studied all the different cloud formations and still like to spent time cloud watching. 
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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Daily Painting - Stormy Sky


Stormy Sky  - Painting number 12


Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on canvas panel 9x6.5 inches

It has been dull and cloudy all day today. 
Then just before the sun set the clouds cleared a little to let the blue though.
I just had to capture it.
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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Daily Painting - Strawberries


Strawberries  - Painting number 11


Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on canvas panel 9x6.5 inches
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Monday, 28 March 2011

Daily Painting - Spring Daffodils


Spring Daffodils  - Painting number 10



Here's the work in progress

Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on triple primed handmade paper 11x7.5 inches
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Friday, 25 March 2011

Daily Painting - Pepper Slice


Pepper Slice - Painting number 9



Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on Oil Paper 10x7 inches

Don't have my usual grey primer today and found it difficult to get the shading in the pepper to my liking. I must be used to painting over the top of a monochrome underpainting, I just found it really unpleasant to paint directly onto the white background. I think I am going to have to go to the shops and buy more black primer to mix with the white. I feel reasonable contentment with the end painting....but it took me all night!
I have to find a way to paint quicker.
If it takes me 8 hours to paint something this tiny imagine how long it's going to take to complete my large paintings.


It's now the weekend!
Saturday I get to apply all the techniques I've learned this week with my daily painting to The Delphic Sibyl and I'm quite excited.
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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Daily Painting - Onions and Jar


Onions and Jar - Painting number 8


Daily Painting - Original Oil Paining on Oil Paper 10x7 inches. SOLD.

We all sometimes find it difficult to make sure we eat the correct vitamins, minerals, fibre, 5 a day, well....become a daily painter! 
I have started to buy food based on its aesthetic appeal. It's a strange diet, only eating things which look good enough to paint.

But, you might have to be imaginative on this diet, when you find you have to make a meal out of apples, mushrooms and onions.
Hmmmmm...If I paint a red pepper tomorrow then I've painted Mushroom Chutney so far.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Daily Painting - Bread and Mushroom


Bread and Mushroom, Daily painting.
Bread and Mushroom - Painting number 7

Bread and Mushroom,close up. Daily painting.


Here's the work in progress
Bread and Mushroom, work in progress step 4 .Daily painting.
Bread and Mushroom, work in progress step 3 .Daily painting.
Bread and Mushroom, work in progress step 2 .Daily painting.
Bread and Mushroom, work in progress step 1 .Daily painting.

Here's my pallet
Bread and Mushroom, pallet used .Daily painting.

Daily Painting - Original Oil Paining on Oil Paper 10x7 inches

I thought I would let you see my work in progress for this painting, as I found it really funny that the bread looked more like a kipper till close to the end. 
As I have never painted bread before, you can imagine I was a little worried by this.

I was thinking about fibbing and changing the title of the painting to 'Kipper and Mushroom' but all turned out well in the end. Except... it put the idea in my head that I want to buy a big whole fish and paint it, horrible jelly eyes and all.
It normally takes me about 5 hours to complete a painting. I do step back and look at them from a distance, hand on chin, pulling funny frowned faces for most of this time though.
Would I be able to paint a whole fish, with all that detail, before it stunk the entire house out?
You know...it doesn't matter...I will do it one day.

My poor boyfriend, he has to put up with so much, living with an artist.
There should be a support group for artist's partners. 
Last night I woke him up because I was quite pleased with the inside of my mushroom,
"that's great, good reflections on the little pot too" he said without truly even opening his eyes fully, how good is he! 
I think he has a secret book with lists of things to say to get me to trot of grinning and leave him in peace.

The problem most of them will have, is that an artist can have interest in too many artforms.
We can flip from painting one minute to sculpture the next.
If I'm painting he has to put up with a girlfriend with hair like a birds nest, covered in paint from head to foot, who's been up all night as she just can't stop when it was going really well.
Or, has to put up with me crafting when his feet suddenly become pin magnets.
You know it's really odd, I've never ever stood on a pin in my life...why has he stood on hundreds?

You will notice on today's painting that I use a grey primer. 
Most of what I see when looking at a still life is mid tone, so using a grey primer means I only have to sketch the shadows and highlights, saves all the time I used to spend shading everything in. I usually use a lighter shade of grey charcoal too, but I haven't got a clue where I put it today so had to go on without it.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Daily Painting - Edinburgh in Spring


Landscape Edinburgh Scotland, spring time.Daily painting.
Edinburgh in Spring - Painting number 6



Daily Painting - Original Oil Paining on Oil Paper 10x7 inches

This one is more an oil sketch than a painting as I'm not well at all today.
Just painted the view from my window, did the best I could considering. I might go back to it and give it a finishing touch sometime in the future.

When I went to India in June last year, I caught a tummy bug.
I thought the stories you hear of 'Delhi belly' were a bit of a myth, or that people just didn't take good care. Turns out getting a bad tummy is just down to the luck of the draw when in Delhi, and I'm lucky.
My problem is...I never recovered from the tummy bug.
I call it a tummy bug but it was really a very bad infection and I was incredibly ill, but I don't like to inflate it's ego.
Now I've got a tummy disorder which I'm starting to feel is permanent.
At the moment I am on five different tablets. Just went to the doctors today and they have added a sedative to the list. It's not easy to sleep when you get stabbing pains and if I suffer from any form of anxiety I'm not likely to recover. You know that all of our stomachs can be a be a bit touchy with stressful situations at the best of times, well imagine trying not to get stressed when you don't know if you will make it to the loo! This is not so stressful if you are at home, but what if you are in the office...oh my God what on earth would I do! LOL
So the doctor has decided that I can't get anxious if I'm sedated!
I like their way of thinking

I am quite a happy go lucky person and don't really get anxious naturally about much.
It is going to be fascinating seeing what I'm like sedated all the time.
My boyfriend is obviously looking forward to the tablets kicking in!

The funny thing about being in pain....that's an odd statement isn't it....is how it impacts your painting ability.
I get stabbing pains and quite often find it impossible to stop the natural reaction of shouting Owwwwwwe and tensing ever muscle in my body. It's sometimes like having a momentary combination of  Tourettes and Parkinson's. When you have a paint brush in your hand at the time, you get a variety of results. Mostly a big scribble or score across your painting or paint up the wall. Once I was resting my chin on my paintbrush ladened hand, so painted right across my lip and half way up my face when the pain got me. Thing is, I didn't notice I'd done it and my boyfriend left me with a big Mexican moustache for ages. He is amused easily.

I'm telling you all this because, sometimes you've just got to go with the flow with whatever life throws at you and....add trees to your painting.

Joe, I hope you like the sky as requested under my 'about me' tab.
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Monday, 21 March 2011

Daily Painting - Teapot for one


Daily painter.Painting a day.PAD Movement.Blue Denby Teapot and cup with saucer sitting on green cloth with French tea towel.Original oil painting.Small.Unique.
Teapot for One - Painting number 5

Daily painter.Painting a day.PAD Movement.Blue Denby Teapot and cup with saucer.Close up of the reflection of cup at the bottom of the teapot .Original oil painting.Small.Unique.

Daily painter.Painting a day.PAD Movement.Blue Denby Teapot and cup with saucer.Close up of the reflection of cup at the top of the teapot which turns the cup upside down .Original oil painting.Small.Unique.

Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on Oil Paper 10x7 inches
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Friday, 18 March 2011

Daily Painting - Sweet Peas


Daily Painting, oil painting of white sweet peas in a vase
Sweet Peas - Painting number 4

Daily Painting, close up of oil painting of white sweet peas in a vase

Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on Oil Paper 10x7 inches
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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Daily Painting - Two Apples


Daily Painting, oil painting of two pink lady apples on a blue silk background
                                                             Two Apples - Painting number 3

Daily Painting, oil painting of two pink lady apples on a blue silk background close up
                                                     
 Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on triple primed handmade paper 11x7.5 inches

It's quite difficult to take snaps of oil paintings when they are still wet as they reflect any light that hits them.
Even after a week of drying you'll find that the depth of colour of an oil still can't truly be captured by photography. I've taken two photos of this painting, one taken early this afternoon and one taken at sunset to show you how different light impacts oils.
The background fabric I am using for my Still Life is double layered. Light blue silk covered with dark blue semi transparent silk. The light shines through the dark which makes interesting folds.
I loved using the chunky handmade paper for this one as it really added to the texture of the apple's skin, but these apples were difficult to paint as I came close to picking them up and eating them without thinking a couple of times.
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Daily Painting - Two Lemons


Daily Painting, oil painting of two lemons sitting on a ruffled blue silk background
                                                           Two Lemons - Painting number 1

 Daily Painting, oil painting of two lemons sitting on a ruffled blue silk background, the second painting
                                                          Two Lemons - Painting number 2

 Daily Painting, oil painting of two lemons sitting on a ruffled blue silk background original sketch
                                          Starter Sketch of Two Lemons - Painting number 2

Daily Painting - Original Oil Painting on Oil Paper 10x7 inches

This is my very first day of daily painting!  OK, I got a bit keen stayed up too late and did two paintings.
I am currently studying the techniques of the Master painters and needed a way to practice techniques before applying them to my big pieces, hence, daily painting studies. I also really need the discipline.
Life can be hectic and it's not easy to force yourself to paint every single day. Sometimes you just want to put your feet up and numb yourself with television.
I am going to think of daily painting like walking a dog. If you have a dog you have to walk it, come rain or shine, no matter how you feel. 
That dog needs walking.


I will continue to paint daily until I have learned every technique possible.
Ermmm...and that could be like, forever...
As the techniques of the Masters take years to study and perfect, I do worry that I don't have enough time left in my life to reach my full potential.
Why, oh why, oh why, can't I be interested in abstract expressionism?
It has to be Contemporary Renaissance and Classical Realism for me. Nothing else is as good in my eyes.


Although I have always produced artwork of some kind of another throughout my life so far, I am brand new at painting in oil...AND...I absolutely love it.
One day, when I am good enough, I might even be able to sell my little studies to fund the time I require to complete my large pieces. You never know.


So, with this feeling that time is very precious I have started a blog.
Sometimes it's quicker and easer to improve with criticism.
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