I have not done an oil painting for a while, apart from miniatures, so enjoyed getting them out to do this commissioned work. The commissioner specified he wanted the colours in the foreground gum tree trunk and the old shingled hut in snow. I loved getting the palette knife out. I will post this week to reach him for Christmas after waiting for it to cure sufficently.
All my posts lately have been photo challenges and I have so enjoyed them and the friends I have met and sites I have visited through joining in. But it is about time to put some paintings up again. On my facebook page (EvAntArtTas…..link button to the right) I have been putting on a daily art post after being nominated for the 3/5 art challenge. My fist day I showed different approaches to flowers/botanical art and my second day I showed some of my carefully rendered miniatures in oil paint. For these miniatures I have written a haiku as I find it somewhat incongruous that miniature art (painting) and the short Haiku verse are tiny creations in their respective fields but both have more rules governing structure than their larger counterparts. Somewhat strange too, that a person who likes bending the rules and extending or overlapping beyond the boxed categories is interested in the tight controls of the forms. But then I was an orderly Maths and Science teacher before I released my creative urges.
I was proud to be presented with a gold medal for the President’s choice at this exhibition. If in Launceston you must have a look at the Australian Society for Miniature Art 2012 Annual Exhibition. Such variety this year and our artists are very skilled. Little treasures to hold in the hand, or display individually or as a group on a wall without needing a big space.
I love the vibrancy of oil pasel and the tactile experience of playing with them (most of my art is play/ exploration/ therapy/ relaxation). For some of this painting I heated the crayon with my embossing heat gun to put on a mark with luscious, thick colour. Other areas I blended with my fingers and still others with gum turps. Finally a little scratching into the work. The support is a commercially prepared canvas board. A fun session with mycreative friend Catherine. I will repeat the activity with my Wednesday night class this evening.