Watercolor, 8.5×11

Before I started oil painting, I did a lot of watercolor. Since I’ve switched mediums, I’ve wondered a lot about using watercolor techniques for oil, and oil techniques for watercolor. This is one piece in which I’ve used some oil painting techniques for watercolor. I like the bold and bright colors and the way I was able to layer colors very quickly. I’m a little disappointed that the painting tore as I removed it from it’s board, but that’s okay.

Let me know your thoughts!




Oil on Canvas

2.5×3.5 inches

These two shots don’t represent the colors as well as the first, but they are good examples of how different lighting can give a painting different moods. On the left is normal overhead lighting. It transforms the painting into a more distant longing – a horizon is present about two-thirds of the way down the canvas and the sky above is cloudy blue. On the right, the lighting comes from below. There the painting takes on a stormy quality, and looks more like waves lapping the shore. Either way, or if you see something completely different, lighting can have a big impact on a painting. So don’t be afraid to play with lighting!

Chocolate Cake

I’ve said it before. I am impatient*. This has many effects on my daily life, from general clumsiness to burning my tongue on something hot (but delicious). Because of my impatience, I have never mastered the art of frosting a cake. I like to frost it as soon as possible when it comes out of the oven, which means it is still warm and crumbles with the slightest touch. My frosting jobs always come out looking a little messy, but no less delicious. Something like the below painting (which actually makes me want to bake)!

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Chocolate Cake

Oil on Canvas

2.5×3.5 inches

*To be fair to myself, my impatience comes from my deep desire to DO things – like paint or read or write – and not spend so much time on tasks that do not interest me as much.

My First (Oil) Painting


The title may speak for itself, but I just thought I’d add: I had no idea what I was doing. I had some brushes, some paint, and some canvas. I had Bob Ross on Netflix in front of me, and I thought I was going to be a pro (like Bob) right out of the gate.

I fingerpainted the water.

My first oil painting was an overwhelming experience. And yes, I dropped it. My fiance, who painted along side me, has not tried it again.

It may not be my finest (nor most creative) work, but this painting holds a spot in my heart that none can usurp. This was my first.

Ponder in Layers

I’m not a patient person. I like to see results. So waiting for a layer of paint to dry before doing the next is not something I jumped into doing. I like the wet on wet style of getting it all in. But that has it’s draw-backs – I get a lot of muddy colors. And so I decided to try my hand at this whole “waiting” thing. The final result isĀ Ponder, shown below.


It’s not the cleanest of paintings, I’ll be fair (and I’ve never tried to paint a person before!), but I definitely learned some things about order of layers. For instance, I really didn’t do a good background (the gray part), and by the time I realized it – well I was finished with everything else. I’ll chock that one up to a lesson learned!

I’m definitely interested in growing in this area, and even more interested in combining the two styles (painting some parts in layers and some parts all at once). Here are some detail shots of the painting.

Ponder detail 1Ponder detail 2Ponder detail 3Ponder detail 5

And last but not least, my favorite “artsy” shot (no editing involved!):

Ponder framed by light