Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sparrow

11x14 inches, oil

I am enjoying my continuing experiments with oil paint, though I am not sure I like the results as well as my watercolor work.  Still, I have been working with watercolors for years, and I just started with these water mixable oils.  One real problem for me is photographing the results.  I have not found out a way to avoid glare,  This time I took the photo while the wet painting was still on my easel, and turned the painting away from a nearby window.  Still there is a little glare in the upper left corner. Perhaps I should let the painting dry a few days before I try, but in this case I wanted to submit my entry for April's Studio Atelier challenge.

8 comments:

Alice Thompson said...

You are making me smile....
I am delighted in your pursuit of a perfect photo. I know many artist that use oil paints often use a small photo cube. I think they cost between 40 and 165 but take out all the labor with shooting the perfect photo. So I've heard anyway. Experimenting is always good. Water soluble oil for an artist that prefers watercolor. What about acrylics???

Sherry said...

Oh, I paint with acrylics too, Alice.

Ann said...

I love this painting! The bird is perfectly placed and has just the right attitude but what is really singing to me is that combination of the turquoise window frame against the greens of the foliage in the background. Of course the more neutral bird sets off all of that luscious color perfectly.

Chartan said...

I'm sorry if you've already done this, but you do turn off your flash don't you??? that pretty much eliminates any glare from the pics I take anyway.... just thought i'd mention it in case you hadn't thought of it.

Sherry said...

I don't use flash on any of my art photos, but thanks anyway. Really, it's just the oils that are so glossy that even room light causes some problems.

Judybec said...

This is beautiful Sherry! I'm a fan of your big blocks of color in this one.

laura said...

This is charming, sherry. I love the colors--very harmonious, and the plump sparrow.
I downloaded this challenge, and haven't gotten to it yet, but, as you say in your article, I am enjoying seeing what other artists have done with it!

Sharon said...

This is totally charming, Sherry.