Friday, October 24, 2008

Work In Progress

This is work in progress,one of my few attempts in oils.A friend of mine challenged me to paint her a painting in oils.She liked my acrylic painting of the town of Nessebar but she wanted it bigger and in oils.So,here I am, painting in oils,which is great fun but the only thing that bothers me is that the oil paints dry up so slowly and it takes forever to finish a painting.Here you can see the two stages of the painting,so far.The first one shows the underpainting and the second one gives you an idea about the blocking of the main colors and also my work on the water reflections.The painting is on stretched canvass,size 16x20inches.

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Old Mill

I am back from my trip to Bulgaria.I had a wonderful time visiting my family and friends.I had a little bit time to sketch and took a lot of pictures which ,I hope ,will give me ideas for future paintings.The thing that I did not have luck with was the weather.The first three days it was hot in the nineties/ in F/and then overnight the temperatures dropped to 66-68F.It was cold and windy most of the time and it rained.Actually it was colder than it was in Minnesota.Can you believe that?September in Bulgaria is usually still a beach month.I had to give up my plans to take my daughter to the seaside and show her the Black Sea.We had a horrible trip back home but I don't want to talk about that now.
This little painting however is not from my trip.I painted it before I left.It depicts the old mill on the creek that runs by my house/and flooded it a year ago/.It is again ATC size and the medium is gouache.