|Eagle Painting Preview - With Background Elements Digitally Hand Painted Painted Over An Original Sunset Photo|
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I'm painting with oils again! : )
I've been saying for a LONG time that I wanted to return oil painting—and although I've worked with a lot of various media over the last several years (pencils, pastels, oil pastels, digital painting, animation etc)—I haven't done ANY oil painting in ages.
It's sad to admit that I was more than a little concerned that all of my paints had dried up—and wondered if I could even get the tubes open.
Finally one day I sat down and decided to see if I had any good paint left—and set about organizing and trying to open all the old tubes I had lying around.
Once time years ago—I discovered that if you just take pliers and start trying to twist the caps off—the whole tube will start to twist with it—and will eventually tear it—leaving the paint to squeeze out of the torn tube—(and with no way to seal it again)—ruining any remaining paint.
So I sat down with a razor blade—and carefully went around the dry paint gluing the caps on. Once I'd removed most of that paint—I took a small screw driver and gently worked it under the caps—slowly working them loose.
Then I'd gab my pliers and test to see if I'd loosened the cap enough—and would repeat the steps above if necessary.
After some effort—the first cap came off without damaging the tube—and I found that the paint was still perfect!!
So with renewed enthusiasm I worked on every tube I had—and after a bit had every cap off—and had my palette filled with dabs of colorful paint.
|A Look At My Palette|
Since then I've been painting an eagle on a 10" x 20" canvas—as you see in the photo below .
I created a concept for its background on my computer—digitally hand-painting a craggy old tree and cactus over a photo I took of an Arizona sunset (see image at top).
Here's a look at my easel and what I have so far:
I hope to be able to post a photo of the finished painting soon!
Thanks for stopping by!
See you again soon!