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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Eggplant Still Life in Oil

This painting is the latest oil painting - a still life painted in plein air style - sort of:) The painting is 8" x 10" and is actually still very wet. I enjoy the oil paintings, but plan to start an oil painting blog, so I can keep this blog purely for watercolor, MY PASSION!

10 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Barbara, this is very, very nice. You are quite versatile!
I especially like your choice of colors, the composition and the nice play of light/shadows that you have achieved.

jgr said...

Yes, It's a lovely piece. I admire your ability to switch from watercolor to oil. WoW! You inspire me!

Barbara Sailor said...

Christiane - thank you very much for your comments -especially about the colors because I had doubts about using those particular colors- especially in the background. I appreciate your input.

Barbara Sailor said...

jgr - I started out as an oil painter many years ago, but haven't painted in oils for many years. What is difficult for me is to use a loose approach in painting in oils - I am trying, but still fight tightness, as I do in watercolor. I guess it is hard to fight your own human nature to be a certain way:)

Dee a Yankee and Phi Mu in Texas said...

I had to comment because on the very first day of my painting class there was an eggplant on the still life we had to do ... I have said a few times.. that eggplant is goin to end up in another painting before the semester is over.
:) Very nice job by the way
Dee
Galveston, Tx

Barbara Sailor said...

Dee - I can honestly say that this is the first time in my life that I have ever painted an eggplant (and I am long in the tooth, as they say:)
I do have plans to use it again in another painting of the still life - I photographed it and plan to change the colors around so prepare to see it again. :) Thanks for commenting and visiting.
Barb

Mary Paquet said...

This painting is wonderful, Barbara, and the light and color remind me that you have a long history in watercolor.

I was thrilled today to pick up a 2004 Watercolor Magic to reread Betsy Dillard Stroud's Creativity Challenge. I just got to know Betsy really well hosting her in San Jose and taking her workshop. I said, wow, I know Barbara Sailor, when I saw that they had featured your entry in response to an earlier challenge. I love the tangled webs we weave!!

Mary Paquet said...

This painting is wonderful, Barbara, and the light and color remind me that you have a long history in watercolor.

I was thrilled today to pick up a 2004 Watercolor Magic to reread Betsy Dillard Stroud's Creativity Challenge. I just got to know Betsy really well hosting her in San Jose and taking her workshop. I said, wow, I know Barbara Sailor, when I saw that they had featured your entry in response to an earlier challenge. I love the tangled webs we weave!!

Barbara Sailor said...

Mary...Thanks for your kind comments...Yes - I did have a painting accepted for the Watercolor Magic monthly challenge. I really enjoyed that series by Betsy, and was so sad when it was discontinued. I learned a lot doing those projects. I only sent 2 in, but both were accepted and I was on cloud nine:) Needless to say, I have saved those issues.
Others have told me that they see my watercolor history in my oil painting - perhaps it is just my style. I do know that I prefer watercolors above all other media.

Barbara Sailor said...

Mary...what a wonderful experience to host such an interesting person and artist. I was following your blog during that time and your workshop must have been wonderful.
Barb