May 2018 Newsletter: Studio

The weather has finally warmed up enough here that I can open the windows in my house! The warm up is especially great in my studio. Over the winter I’m either freezing or fumigating myself (I choose freezing, by the way).

My studio has been a work in progress over the last few months (and still is). It’s the spare bedroom in our house and houses all of my writing, crochet, woodworking, and painting suppliDrying Rack 2es. Lately, my fiance and I have been making some upgrades, such as a drying rack for the paintings, and a “tool” chest to store all of my paints and brushes.

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These two investments have made it much easier to set up and clean up. That makes painting most evenings a lot more doable, and a lot more enjoyable. As such, I’ve spent a lot more time working on my different painting techniques, from practicing clouds until I get them just right, to branching out into other layering techniques (more on that coming up this Saturday).

My favorite paintings from this past month are these two:

In other news, I’ve started dabbling in making my own frames, the first of which will hopefully be done within a the week. I’ve also been working on some painted maps for my stories (featuring a cartographer, you can read more about that (and other literature-related things) here – under my maiden name).

All in all it’s been a fairly eventful month in the realm of art. I’m looking forward to another month of equal activity!

 

Clouds

When I first started painting, I couldn’t figure out clouds. I would look at tutorials, pull up some Bob Ross episodes, and try my best, but I just couldn’t get it. I have, through practice, learned how to have a light touch and do many layers to get them just right.

Clouds 1

Clouds I

Oil on Canvas, 12×16 inches

Learning something new never feels easy (and never is), but once you have an idea of how to do something, you never want to stop. And I haven’t. I’ve even started trying it out in different styles, to varying degrees of success.

Clockwise from top left: Clouds II, Oil on Canvas, 12×16 inches; Setting Clouds, Oil on Canvas, 2.5×3.5 inches; Above the Storm, Oil on Canvas, 2.5×3.5 inches; White and Blue, Oil on Canvas, 2.5×3.5 inches.

 

Glacial Mountain Miniature

Glacial Mountain Miniature

Oil on Canvas

2.5×3.5 inches

This one probably looks familiar, and it’s because I loved Glacial Mountain so much that I just had to paint a mini of it. I’m really happy with how it’s turned out. I’m happy with how most of my mini paintings are turning out. The small canvas really lends itself to painting great landscapes. After all, oil paintings are best viewed at a distance and, being so small, the miniatures seem to have distance built in.