Having stretched and prepared a canvas I was ready to give oil paints a second chance.
When I previously tried oil paints I didn’t have a great experience as I didn’t know then about turps, linseed oil, thin and fat.
On this occasion I was fortunate that a local artist guided me through the essentials and I started to paint. I was sceptical that the oil painting experience could eclipse acrylic painting, as I love the bright pigment and neons available in acrylics.
However as I started to paint I enjoyed the feel of the paint on the canvas as the brush passed over it. I enjoyed the line, the texture and how the canvas felt so different than when using acrylic paints.
I was keen to create a painting from a marker (then digital with photo and watercolour elements) piece that I had created of a woman enjoying calm under water. Before painting I drew the lines in charcoal. I did this quickly and in future would spend more time on that stage.
I am normally keen to create swiftly and achieve the end outcome, but as I painted I enjoyed the action and, similar to my experience with life drawing, I found it a very pure form of art. I could have painted with those materials hundreds of years ago, there’s something magical about that.
So here is the final piece, plus the fun little duck (inspired by Jeff Koons) to place the lady in the bath. I’m pleased with the outcome, can’t wait to start my next oil painting and I learned a lot in the process.
I learned to plan the piece out well beforehand.
To think about the layers of the painting.
To have a clear picture of the face that I want to create, trying to oil paint from my head was tricky.
To think about the proportions of the canvas to ensure they are standard, as this will make it easier to reproduce the artwork if you wish.
Not to paint too close to the edges of the canvas as if reproduced some of the painting will be lost.
Set up the easel in a position with consistent light and in a place that you can get far enough back from it so see it from a distance, as this can reveal things not apparent at close quarters.
Developing the artwork
I took the image digital to test out different elements during the process.
I used the key elements of the artwork to create a lino cut for printing. I used Picasso‘s reduction technique to add to the effect. Here are some of my favourite prints.
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I guess I am present in all my art as I have created it. My art represents my beliefs, feelings and life values.
Through my art development in the past 2 years I have been trying to demonstrate emotion, nostalgia, hopes and thoughts.
Therefore it’s hard to pinpoint a starting point for this challenge. However drawing practice and life drawing were key areas that make my self representation possible. You can read about those challenges at these links.
This artwork was created through life drawing and then used Lino prints and digital work. The piece is about being in the right life groove which is inspiring and motivating, supporting one’s interests and abilities.
And breathe. I am pleased with the outcome of this final challenge in what has been a life changing transition to art. There have been disappointments and surprising surpassing of my expectations. See the highs and lows in the 52 posts. One thing is for sure it has been colourful and lots of fun. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone 52 times, and for the motivation to progress I am very thankful.
I now want to have a think about what I wish to achieve next, I have some exciting plans which I’ll be able to reveal soon.
It is my goal to inspire people, so if you have been inspired at all I’d love to hear about that or see art or creations as a result. Thank you sincerely for your support, for following my blog, for visiting and giving me the onus to go on. If there is anyone that you think might be inspired by my art please share http://www.inspirebkim.com with them, for this I would be grateful.
So that’s it, 52 Art Challenges completed, all of it art from the heart.
These art my artworks of how it feels to swim with the fish.
This piece all started with the inspiring colours of sea foam in Llandudno Bay, North Wales. I then uses Snapseed to enhance the natural colours and then painted and smudged in the colours in Pixelmator.
I added fish that I painted with sea water in Egypt, after I saw them snorkelling. I painted onto the fish in app to add more detail and how the light as it plays on them in the moving water. I added a swimming girl and beach scene to contrast with the myriad of colours in the underwater world.
I love to snorkel inthe Red Sea.
I then had a visualisation of a further piece that I wished to create following my figurative drawing challenge of a woman swimming towards the onlooker.
I used similar techniques, again creating in Pixelmator and added my hand painted fish.
I’m missing snorkelling as usually we would be soon taking a trip but this year we cannot, so I’m satisfying my underwater love through recreating my experiences through art.
This challenge began some months ago as I refined my goal to inspire and uplift people.
There is so much darkness in the world that I like to counter that with light, bright colours and heartwarming artworks. It’s a very personal challenge and i have been and am still undecided as to whether to share this post, so read now as it may disappear.
Here’s how the concept developed. It was very much about brightly coloured energy powering out from a central point, reaching others.
I took this photo and worked with it to add colour, light and my art, using my favourite app PixelmatorHere it is, to remind me of the intention of my work.
Other artwork that has had an influence in this process are: