wednesday--welcome to my studio

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

good morning--going to be warm enough to run at the park this morning as long as I get up and moving soon. temp will drop as the day goes on and tomorrow will be frigid again--but the warming trend is drawing near now--weekends in the 30s and next week 40's and maybe even 50's!
anyway--just for fun I took some pics of my workroom--thought someone might get a kick out of seeing it. its actually reasonably organized for a change. I have been painting at a fairly steady rate recently--first time in a long while. it feels good. so here it is:
here are a series of slates that are basically finished--except for the chickadee. I set them on my orange piano when they are done and just look at them for awhile. there are some adjustments that need to be made to them--I get around to them as I see what needs to be done and then seal them and put them out in the little house for sale. I sell a lot of these small slates. the photo is lousy--they always photograph so glarey but you get the idea. the rectangular one is an old roof slate off the little house--that's why its so splotchy--it looks better in person than in the photo. I sell a lot of this size slates--and hummers more than anything else. people hang them in their gardens. the bluebird in the back is watercolor pencil on paper. it was just sort of an experiment to get me started painting.

this is what I am working on now. as you can see I work at a drafting table. the white plate is my palette. I wash it each day before I start--so I have a white surface to mix on. I mix with my brush as I go, rather than mixing pre determined puddles of paint and working out of them. its just the way I prefer to work.

this is my wet palette where the individual puddles of paint are. there is damp paper towel underneath the puddles of paint, and I keep spritzing them with water as I work. when I step away from my work for any period of time I snap the lid on. acrylic paint dries very fast, so you have to always be aware of keeping it hydrated.

these are my brushes. I don't use a lot of these most of the time. I have a few favorites. most of my brushes are pretty old. it pays to take very good care of your brushes--good ones are expensive, and as you use them they conform to your personal touch. I don't let other people use my good brushes--but I have a lot of "extras" that work well when someone wants to paint something. if I am painting my brushes are always washed immediately to keep paint from drying in them. acrylic paint can be very hard on brushes, but mine have held up well.
hope that was interesting to see. have a lovely day!
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  • JANET552
    Thanks for sharing -- I loved seeing your work!!
    1693 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    I love seeing the studio shots. Your slates are beautiful! And yes I love the hummingbirds too. I'd love to see them in person. Have fun painting!
    1693 days ago
    Chic-a-dee-dee-dee-dee!! Pip pip pip! Chicadees and cardinals are two of my favorite birds! Your slates are beautiful!! What do you use to seal the slate after you are finished with the painting? Are they then weatherproof (within reason)? Thank you for sharing your studio with us!!
    1694 days ago
    those are GORGEOUS!!!! I wish I was that talented with painting, I would love to make those!
    1694 days ago
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