Its a good day for me today! I got back on a horse again after shoulder surgery to repair torn biceps tendon in July. 6 1/2 months without a ride. Yikes! Being out in the open spaces near where I live is very inspiring. We even thought we saw 3 condors, they were far and big. But it could have been Golden eagles.
Me riding MFT Cookie
I had to re-paint the one painting that is not drying. I scraped off all the tacky paint and used a different brand of white. I hope it works this time. My Kickstarter patron who is getting this one is a super patient person. (Kudos to you.)
Ok, so its DAY 1 in this painting’s drying career. It should be dry to the touch in 7- 10 days. The wet part is the sky right above the very distant mountains: The whitish clouds in the lower right hand section of the sky. I’m not going to touch it until Jan 31. Please slap my hand if you notice me trying. Thanks.
I love painting landscapes of the West. I guess you could say I am really enthralled by them. Throw in a few cattle, wildlife or some other focal point and I’m in heaven.
Today I finished a painting that was giving me fits a while back. I just put it on the drying rack and let it ruminate itself. Today I totally changed it into something a little different from what I usually do. Its some sunflowers that were growing in my backyard this summer.
I was recovering from my shoulder surgery during the summer and would sit outside and just watch and contemplate the skies, sunflowers and big rocks in my yard. Eventually I was able to lift a sketchpad and pencil and started on the sunflowers. Then a watercolor or two followed. So naturally an oil painting was not a surprise. But the topic of flowers was.
Surprise, I like it!
Sunflower Showers, 11″ x 14″ oil painting
At last some of the $120 Kickstarter Reward paintings are dry! I varnished them and they are almost dry, still a little tacky. I believe I’ll be able to ship them out in a day or two.
Some varnish options
I still am having fits with one painting. The pure white area is still tacky even after sitting near the wood stove for 4 days. I am going to contact the paint manufacturer to ask for help. If they have nothing to add, then its time to scrape off that area and re-paint it with a different brand of white. Almost back to the drawing board, as they say.
The brand of paint I am currently using is Grumbacher.
“Who Said “Patience Is a Virtue”?” From Your Dictionary .com.
“The first known publishing of the quote “Patiences is a virtue” comes from the poem “Piers Plowman” written between the years 1360 and 1387. Typical of texts from the 14th century, authorship can be debated though literary historians normally attribute most of the text to William Langland. However, there are multiple versions of this poem written at different times with sections believed to be authored by different, unknown people.”
I’m sure we’ve all heard and/or used this saying. It can apply to what I am experiencing with waiting for the oil paintings to dry before varnishing them and sending them out to the Kickstarter patrons who so generously supported me.
I think a lot of the delay in drying has to do with temperature. Its winter and colder than in the summer in my house. My wood stove’s heat doesn’t always reach into the studio. And we have had a long period of cloudy days here, reducing the solar warming coming from the sun room that is attached to the studio. I’ve been keeping the glass door closed but its still a bit chilly in the studio. I’ve been wearing lined carhardt jeans and fleece while painting. Sometimes I even put on my “house hat”.
Gray cloudy day and my snowy driveway and pv panels.
One painting in particular is still tacky to touch and a tiny bit of the color comes up if I press on the edge of the painting. I emailed with the manufacturer of the varnish (after that ugly experience of the varnish lifting the paint off the canvas) who informed me of a possible problem. They said that the color I used, titanium white, may not have had enough binder in it or a poor quality binder. So I am going to buy a higher quality titanium white. Its a color that I use a lot of so I really need it to work as it should. The solution for the paintings is just time as it will eventually dry.
So on I go, painting and waiting for the little wet ones to dry. I may be frustrated but at least I feel optimistic about my art!
I’ve been painting the bigger canvases of the $120 rewards over the last couple weeks. Its been going slower than the smaller paintings but that is to be expected. My mindset with each painting, even the little watercolors, is to create the “Masterpiece” that I will be known by. In other words, I do the best job I know how on each one. No fast-dash paintings nor that same attitude.
All these paintings and the time constraint is really making me disciplined! Its great.
Here is a shot of a couple of the finished 8″ x 10″ oil paintings. They are waiting a couple weeks before they get varnished.
A couple of the $120 Reward paintings from Kickstarter
I finished the $25 Rewards for my Kickstarter project today. Here they are on a line in my studio:
I am happy with the way they turned out.
Avalanche Peak near the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area
Buffalo Creek Station
Stevens Gulch Ranch
White Sands N.P. from the mountains
Glen Canyon and the Colorado River
Hubbard Creek, near Bowie, CO
Some falls in Yellowstone N.P.
Now to get the book marks to go with the little paintings and mail them out to my patrons!
I have been busy painting the small watercolor paintings for the reward category of $25. Its been great to be in the studio! The sunny days make it very bright as my studio is attached to the little sun room, which warms up the place.
I am almost finished with those small gems of paintings. I am also working on the book marks, doing a few each evening. I am enjoying using pen and colored pencil as its a different medium than what I normally use to create images. Every patron, no matter the amount they donate, will get a book mark enclosed in a thank you card. I think its important to be polite and acknowledge the generosity of everyone.
Well I have 4 hours left in my Kickstarter crowd funding project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/keshetart/changing-the-medium and I have made my goal plus a bit more. I’ll get my money in a few weeks and then be able to purchase what I need for oil painting. I’m already working on sketches and ideas for the 20+ paintings I am sending to my patrons as rewards for their generous donations.
I had a great success at my retreat, painting for 5 full days and 4 part days after that. I got 5 finished paintings, 4 were worth keeping. I also started #6 and finished it at home. I’ve finished another one since then.
Now I am doing all these small watercolors for some rewards and also for reward bookmark gifts for my Kickstarter project.
Next goal – getting enough work finished and documented and getting into a gallery or two.