Monday, January 17, 2011

the first oil of the 150 Challenge

Well, I finally did it! And I loved it. I'll be posting this painting on the 150 Challenge blog as soon as it's dry to the touch. The scanner will give you a much sharper image than one shot with my camera. This is from a photo I took up in Rio Hondo during a paint out in the fall. Such a beautiful place. This was a little out of my element for me. Usually I paint "up close" and I had to force myself to use my long brushes and paint from a distance. It forces you to paint a more "painterly" painting because you're further away from your canvas. . Love it.The next photo you'll see is the palette I used:

I am using my Easy L paint box. It's mounted to one of my tripods and sits low enough on the floor that I can sit in a chair or stand up if I feel the need. It has a glass palette and I have placed a 12"x16" sheet of "GREY MATTERS" paper palette by Jack Richeson & Co. on top. Such an easy cleanup! I love the way that oils just glide around - so different from acrylic. I used Galkyd Lite medium made by Gamblin and Gamsol pure odorless mineral spirits.

This is my palette set-up. I laid out a lot of colors because I am taking my time choosing a smaller palette. I think this is the order: titanium white, cadmium yellow lite, yellow ochre, cadmium orange, cadmium red lite, Napthol red, quinacridone magenta, alizarin crimson, raw sienna, burnt sienna, viridian, terre verte, cadmium green, asphaltum, raw umber, Dioxazine purple, cobalt teal, cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, prussian blue, and violet-grey (Old Holland). I will keep weeding these out until I have about 8 or so. I thought I had a sap green but I didn't, so I will get one. And I had a cool winsor emerald, but I couldn't get it open!
So, I am excited and can't wait for tomorrow...


  1. Such lovely fresh colour and lively brush marks. The red and yellow especially, really sing :)

  2. This IS different for you, Dee. I love it!!!!

  3. Thank you guys - those comments give me the motivation to keep going. I love the luscious, buttery texture of oils. Yum....

  4. Yes, the colors are amazing and I love the movement in the Rio. Can't wait to see more.

  5. Yes, the colors are amazing and I love the movement in the Rio. Can't wait to see more.