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Saving an oil palette

When you are painting on a project that you cannot finish in one sitting, it is important to know how to save your oil palette for the next session.  The type of palette used is not so important as long as the material it is made from does not absorb oils from the paint.  I use disposable palette-paper pads made for oils and sometimes a glass palette but other artists have their favorite types like wood, plastic, metal, Masonite, etc.  As you gain experience in painting and try different types, you will discover your favorite palette.

While you can leave the palette out all day while painting, it’s best not to leave it out overnight.  When finished for the day, use the palette knife to scrape each color up into a tight puddle rather than leaving it spread out as it dries more quickly spread out.  Two things help oils to dry up; air and heat.  To keep out all of the air, use clear plastic wrap to cover the oil on the palette before storing it.  The plastic film will lift right off when you are ready to paint again. After covering the oil paint with a sheet of plastic wrap, it can be put in a plastic box with a tight fitting lid and closed for storage.   Any cool or cold place for storage is good but I store mine in the freezer until my next painting session. Closing it tightly will insure that you are not contaminating any food in the freezer.  When  ready to paint again, just remove from the freezer and give it a couple minutes to thaw.

Happy Painting!

Spring in Florida

azalea closeupThis is just one color in the riot of colors produced by the blooming Azalea plants that announce spring here on the west coast of central Florida. My blog header photo is one taken in my yard. These azaleas were the inspiration for this painting done on the door of tiny cabinet with artist’s oil.   The painted panel is 4″x 4″ which is a suitable size for many surfaces.  The design, with detailed instructions for intermediate oil painters, is available on my website in the form of an E packet. Go to  www.jeanarcher.com, click on Shop, Oil Packets,  and Floral.  The E-packet title is Azaleas–Pink Beauties and it’s on sale for only $8.  E-packets are great!  They are easy to download (you have three days to download it if you are too busy to do it right away).  You can start painting as soon as you download, no need to wait for snail mail.  Happy Spring!

Color Can Create Spatial Dimension

The subject of Spatial Dimension in a painting is a natural follow-up to my blog on the attributes of color.  Understanding how to properly use color  allows one to create dimension.  To review briefly, there are three attributes to color: value, intensity and temperature.   These three attributes can be manipulated to make an object in your painting advance or recede.   Advancing an object or form is to bring it forward to a front plane or put it in the foreground of the painting; bringing it closer to the viewer.  Receding an object or form in the space is to put it on a rear plane,  in the background, or at a distance from the viewer. Continue reading Color Can Create Spatial Dimension

Original Oil Painting Gallery

Yellow Hibiscus

Yellow Hibiscus

 

Just in time for Christmas shopping; I’ve posted original artwork in my gallery!  This bowl is just one of the items. I’ve had this category on my web site since it’s inception, but never posted anything in it.   All of the items I’m posting at this time are painted from my own original designs; some items are one of a kind.  Take a look, I hope you will find something you just have to have!  http://jeanarcher.com/productspaintings.php

Summer Hydrangeas/Winter Poinsettias

Hydrangea SummerPoinsettia Winter

Last summer, I had the priviledge of attending a Mary Jo Leisure design class.  One of the “challenges” she gave us was to create a design for a flat piece of wood with  a pre-cut shape.  The cut shape on one end made me think of ribbons so naturally flowers came to mind.   I was torn…should I draw my favorite summertime hydrangeas or wintertime poinsettias?   Continue reading Summer Hydrangeas/Winter Poinsettias

The Three Attributes of Color

In May, I had the pleasure of teaching the Advancing Your Skills class at the SDP convention.  One topic presented in the class addressed the attributes of color.  All colors have three attributes:  value, intensity, and temperature.  These attributes are as important to consider as the color itself.

Value:

Value is the lightness or darkness of a color.  In my early years of painting, I thought three values of a color on my palette (light, medium and dark) were plenty to paint with.  When I learned to use five values, my painting grew better.  I no longer limit myself to five values although I usually start out with five on my palette.  There is an infinite number of values for each hue.  It is most important to understand the proper placement of values to create accurate basic shapes. Continue reading The Three Attributes of Color