Monday, January 14, 2008

Exploring Oil Paints


Gloves & Oranges 18 x 23 cms
Oil on Canson Primed Paper for oil

I'm way off track with my 2008 Art Goal no.7 to sketch something every day. I've been mucking around with oil paint again, determined to pursue Art Goal no.8 to be more risky and playful. Since I don't seem to have the nerve to be more risky and playful on a proper canvas, I've cut up some Canson paper primed for oil.

My friend Taya has a passion for Italian kid gloves, so while she and Peter were packing to return to Australia I swiped her new gloves and paired them with three oranges as an exercise in complementary colours. Nothing subtle about this one!

My tiny studio isn't a healthy place to work with oils and I think that's been one of the reasons I've not really got into this medium. Now I've set up a corner at the back of the apartment I have the benefit of what natural light there is at this time of year, plus some air circulation.

20 comments:

juj said...

Oh my gosh Robyn!! I LOVE this one!! So vibrant, and the composition is perfect.... this is a great direction (and definitely fits your goal). Hope we see more...

Katherine said...

Wow - now that's what I call colourful!

And I'm loving the mini Studio as well. You could maybe do some still lifes with backlighting effects!

Joan said...

What a lovely, colorful painting!! It looks like an advertisement. I like your setup by the window. The light looks good.

Catherine said...

Wonderful colors in your painting!
What a great spot to set up your easel.

Anita Davies said...

Delicious piece Robyn and that photo of your work space is adorable.

mARTa said...

what a fun painting! I too love Italian gloves and now own 3 pairs; black, red and white. They look just like those except not as colorful! I am getting such an itch to try oils!

Dermott said...

Yeah yeah, 'fess up! Your "corner at the back of the apartment" is the bedroom.

My bedroom! Where this boofhead has to sleep at night!

I counted my brain cells this morning. What comes after three?

See what your oil paint fumes are doing to my boofy brain?

Wendy said...

Fabulous! I love vibrant colour. I used to have kid gloves when I lived in Italy. I was only wondering recently what could have happened to them.

bec said...

Now THAT"S BEAUTIFUL COLOR!!!!!! Thanks for showing your set up too.

Quilt Knit said...

Wonderful! Another artist just posted about color and complementary colors. Great painting. Do you have a small fan to pull the air out? That makes better circulation.

(( circle of painting hugs )))

Sherrie

africantapestry said...

what a great little corner with perfect natural light.
and I love your still life with the vibrant gloves joining the oranges1 ou can feel great about this one, it's every bit a playful as you intended.
Ronell

Robyn said...

Many thanks for all your positive and supportive responses to what is a bit of a full-on assault of colour. It was really meant to be playful (TY Ronell :) )

I've been trying to resist going back to it and knocking off some of the rough aspects. I know the values are not good, way too many in the same range. But I am trying to free myself up just to make sketches sometimes and move on.

So now I'm taking aspects of both these images into a watercolour.

Robyn said...

Marta - Have you got those oils yet?

laureline said...

I tried to leave a comment yesterday but blogger was having a temporary meltdown, so I couldn't. I do like the vibrant colors and the strong paint handling in this one!And your painting spot is so charming. Tell your housemates to pipe down and let you work;D.

Cathy Gatland said...

That is one bold and playful painting! I swing from oils to watercolours and back again, with the odd bit of boot polish thrown in - my studio is completely chaotic right now. I envy your neat spot by the window - especially when it's in Tuscany - paint me bright green!

Karen Cole said...

A beautiful spot to create such a colorful piece. I can feel the softness of the gloves.

Jeanette said...

Isn't it great to explore new mediums? I, too, am on a journey with oils this year.

That 'corner' looks so peaceful, despite Dermott's protestations. :)

Lin said...

FABULOUS, Robyn! Those gloves are absolutely stroke-able -- the leather texture so evident!!! FANTASTIC!!!!

Anonymous said...

My first time visiting your blog. Your art is really beautiful. And I love your dogs! I can only imagine the inspiration you get in Tuscany. We stayed near Lucca a few years ago and hope to return.
I'll also be returning here to see your lovely art work.
Terri
http://www.islandwriter.net

Anita said...

What lovely colours, Robyn!

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