One of the best ways to improve your work….

Don’t you wish winter was over? I know I do… I’m more of a spring and summer kinda girl. I can’t wait to work on my garden and grow veggies and soak up some warm sunshine! Back to my studio, I’m working on a project I can’t wait to share with you! It’s big and will probably take several months to complete. In the meantime,…

Super sweet Studio idea….

Here’s a great idea how to steady your hand for those intricate details. A dry-waller’s T Square attached to my easel. I can adjust the T square to fit the size of my canvas. I used a nut as a spacer so the T Square sits flush against the bottom shelf. Bonus, I can always have more accurate paintings because now I can always…

My Studio is now Chemical-free…

Last night was spent endlessly coughing. I didn’t sleep. My lungs have had it with chemicals. No more turpentine. Its over between us! My studio is now chemical-free. Thank god for Virgil Elliot. An expert in the field of Oil paint and Mediums. He has found a safe alternative for this very hazardous profession. Safflower oil for Clean-up. Here’s an article he wrote on…

How to set-up an Oil Painting Studio…

Setting up an Oil painter’s studio can be a costly affair. It doesn’t have to be. In this post, I give you the basics of setting up your studio, I cover the paints and brushes and mediums I use. I use a wall easel instead of a regular easel and this frees up floor space. This means I can work on many paintings at…

A studio pic…

Here’s where I work. The paintings in the background are still works in progress. To the right is my still life set-up and the painting I’m working on. The tulips are in a vase in water and I’ll lay them in the still life when I begin to paint tomorrow.

Still life set-up

I usually set up my still life near a window for natural light. At times when i need to paint in the evening I’ll use artificial ambient lighting as I prefer more subtle shadows.  But should one prefer dramatic lighting, then direct a spotlight on your still life set-up, but make sure u use the same lighting on you palette and canvas, that way…