Another new oil
I've been focusing and printmaking and sketching the last few years, but Dixon wanted some oils as well for my fall exhibition with them. It took me a while to get my head back in this space, but I've been flipping through some sketchbooks and found several images I'd enjoy painting, and I really have been having a ball. There's something very immediate and responsive about oils. They're lush.
I'm also enjoying revisiting a special place. This painting and the moonrise one (last blog entry) are both from watercolors I did at the woodworking school Country Workshops. My friends Drew and Louise Langsner live there and run the school, and their farm is one of the loveliest places I know. They periodically invite me to visit them and paint for a bit, and I always look forward to my time there. It's a fruitful place for my art.
7/27/2015 10:18:15 am
This looks great reminds me a lot of the aspens in Colorado!Any tips or advice for taking a watercolor sketch and turning it into an oil painting?
7/29/2015 12:25:09 pm
Thank you so much, Benjamin! I'm still figuring out that transition myself. It's easier for me to move into prints (which aren't as layered and rich as oils, and which become their own thing completely in the transition.) My best advice is make the watercolors rich in color and depth as much as you can if you want to paint from them. That way you have more information. The ones that are just lightly colored and sketchy (like my early attempts) just don't give me enough information to get a painting out of. My more recent watercolors have more depth and work better as source material.
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Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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