Friday, 24 January 2014

On a Roll...



At last!  A week that has gone fantastically well, despite storms and earthquakes!



On Monday, I was gardening and wearing my new gardening gloves that are necessary because of psoriasis.  Looking at them I thought I wonder?  They were made of thin cotton and had a plastic coating on the palms and fingertips.  So in I went and got out my oil painting stuff and hey presto it was lunch time and my hands didn’t get sweaty and they protected my rashy bits!  Yay, I can use my oils again!  The above small painting (12 x12 Inches) is the result, still a work in progress.

I have got used to my acrylics, but for big paintings I just haven’t got comfortable using them.  I still love using acrylics in my journal and on canvas boards.  But I so missed using them on big paintings.

detail of wip


So this week I have been playing with my oils again and I am very happy.  The earthquake on Monday at 4 0’clock threw my equilibrium out a bit, it went on for a long time and several things came crashing down, no wonder it was 6.2 and the epicenter was 30 km away!  I was a gibbering fool for the rest of the day and next morning when I saw the damage it had done around town.  But heyho we get over these things.


Tuesday afternoon I got out one of my old abandoned oils (there are lots of them!)



This painting I started in June last year, and has been littering a corner in my bedroom ever since as I got stuck. So, I painted over it, within no time I had this.  It is a large canvas about 30 x 36 inches.


I had to let it dry for a day so yesterday (Thursday) and this morning I did more work and have got this far.



While writing this I realized why I felt uncomfortable with acrylics for big paintings.  With oils you have to wait for the paint to dry if you work like I do in layers or glazes. It gives you time to consider the possibilities, I often don’t do what I think I am going to do, but something comes clear within me and my hand just paints..   As acrylics dry very quickly I can keep on painting and I often try and put too much in! It is hard to explain, but I hope that it makes sense?

Anyways that is what I have been up to this week, I am linking to Paint Party Friday hosted by the wonderful ladies Eva and Kirstin.

26 comments:

  1. Wow, you are on a roll! so much beauty in one week. Glad to hear the gloves were just the ticket to get you painting in oils again. Can't wait to see more

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  2. fantastic creations. So vibrant, rich and colorful. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. So glad you figured out those gloves! My friend wears cotton gloves for work because of really bad eczema! Beautiful work here as always. I totally got what you were saying! I still love your style with acrylics too!! Fun to have so much variety!! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. I love the acylics too for whimsical and journal pages, I think it might be oils suit the deeper (spiritual) side of me!

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  4. wonderful artwork Sharon and great news about the gloves, will certainly make life a lot easier with your painting. So pleased to hear you are safe and sound after the earthquake albeit very shook up. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  5. I love what you have made, wonderful colours! That earthquake must have been a very nasty shock, glad you stayed safe! Valerie

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  6. looks like the earthquake gave you a creative shake - this painting is stunning. happy to hear that you had a good week despite the earthly challenges.

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  7. His works are so free and colorful produce joy., Saludos

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  8. beautiful art projects!! I've never worked with oils. Experiencing an earthquake sure can set one on edge. Glad you're OK. Happy PPF!

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  9. Lovely work Sharon! Glad you are enjoying your oils once again.

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  10. great colours!!!! Wishing you a warm and cozy and Happy PPF!!!

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  11. Nice work Sharon. Earthquakes, I can do without.:)

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  12. I love the energy of this post Sharon. I can feel your excitement. I too like oils over acrylics. I am so happy you can use them again. The painting is wonderful.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  13. Love your paintings! Such colour and energy in them all.

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  14. What a great idea to use the gloves! Your paining is beautiful :)

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  15. I love the the bright colours. I have never tried painting in oil paints I am a little intimidated by them. Thank you for your welcoming comments.on my first post with PPF.

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  16. Wow..such beauty and enchantment..stunning art! How I love the strong sense of light ..like a radiance shining out from your colors..very captivating..such luminosity..love it! Hope your hands feel better ..good to have those gloves! Thanks for sharing your magic and creative world..your art feels very dreamy today!

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  17. Wow Sharon, your work is beautiful. It's like Victoria says: it's like a radiance shining out from your colours. I wonder whether it's because of the oils. So great for you that you can use your favorite paints again!

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    1. Thanks Denise, I think it is the oils, I paint in very thin washes and the colours glow through, It is not so effective in acrylics.

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  18. You are definitely on a roll, gorgeous work Sharon!

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  19. I am so glad you found a way to use your oil paints again… and that you are safe after the earthquake. The imagery and colors in your painting are marvelous. Blessings, my friend!

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  20. Hi Sharon, Makes perfect sense. I have the opposite issue with acrylics and oils. Im much more comfortable with acrylics. The drying time on oils makes me impatient though I found it helpful for portraits. I love your loose 12 x 12.

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  21. Wonderful shapes of blue, dear Sharon. Love to see these!
    Greetings from Erika

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  22. So glad you're okay, Sharon. I can't imagine living where there are earthquakes..but then, I live in tornado alley, which is just as bad.

    I liked reading your thoughts about oils on a large canvas. I've never painted anything large with oils, but maybe I should give it a try sometime. hm..

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