Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yellow Lab oil painting - Step by Step - My Continuing Progress - (2nd post)

My Continuing Progress...

Ok....Now getting back to where I left off the other day ... on Post #1  (Painting in progress of the yellow lab named Emma)

The image above is from the first post.  To refresh, I had taken a photograph of my friend's lab "Emma" while she was playing fetch in the river.  I chose one of my favorite images above to work from in this painting.  You can refer to my first post to see more images from the early stages of this oil painting.   (Click on images to see them larger)

Today's progress....

After a few days break I got back to painting on this canvas today.  This next image is where I began  continuing to paint in the fur on the tail and back legs.  (There is a lot of work to do yet on the water droplets, so for now they are just simply blocked in with my first layer of color.)

Next:  Painting in the first layers of the wet fur and working my way down to where the fur meets the water....

Here I just begin to paint in the area of the water.  This is only a first layer and I will probably do many layers allowing each to dry in between to achieve the realistic look I am going for.

I also will do several layers of paint to achieve the look of wet fur.  I worked my way down to the water in this stage while I allow my first layer of fur to dry.

I am using a medium called "Walnut Alkyd Medium."  I am mixing it with my oil paint to help it flow smoothly.  A friend had given me this bottle to try and I really like it.  It really helps to move the paint around when working into a dry surface.

I also really like to use"Lucas 1862 Finest Artists Oil Paints."

This paintbrush also is very helpful to achieve the "wet fur" look.  I actually paint with it putting the pointed part of the brush down and moving it upwards.  It is a 1/4" Dagger by Princeton Art & Brush Co.  #3050DG

Here I am continuing to paint in the beginning of the water motion....

More water detail here....(my photo came out a little dark here, but you get the idea)

Tune in next time to see more of this painting in progress...

Barbara Rudolph

10th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition is opening in a few weeks....

The next "International Guild of Realism" exhibition is opening soon at the "Principle Gallery" in Alexandria, Virginia.  I am very pleased to have a painting juried into this wonderful exhibition and look forward to attending the opening.

On display August 18th - September 18th 
Opening reception August 28th 6:30-9pm
We're proud to announce that Principle Gallery has been chosen as the venue for the International Guild of Realism's 10th Annual Juried Exhibition80 national and international artists were selected to show 91 pieces. This enormous exhibition will have an artist reception on August 28th with many of the participating artists in attendance! We will share images from the exhibition on our social media pages between now and the end of August, so be sure to follow us!

Contact the gallery for a full exhibition preview!
Ed Copley
Victorian Fantasy 30x20, oil on linen
Jorge Alberto
The Swan 22x19, oil on panel
David Bowers
Honey Baked 32x28, oil on canvas

My oil painting "Bluebirds" was the selected piece to be part of the upcoming show.  

Barbara Rudolph

Sunday, July 26, 2015

"UP" - Hummingbird oil painting


3 x 9" oil on canvas

One of my favorite birds to paint are "hummingbirds."  This is a brand new oil painting of an "Anna's Hummingbird."  They are all around in my backyard and are fun to watch.  The scientific name is "Calypte anna."

Barbara Rudolph

My backyard hummingbird with new feeder from the National Geographic catalogue

About the Anna's Hummingbird...

Anna’s Hummingbirds are among the most common hummingbirds along the Pacific Coast, yet they're anything but common in appearance. With their iridescent emerald feathers and sparkling rose-pink throats, they are more like flying jewelry than birds. Though no larger than a ping-pong ball and no heavier than a nickel, Anna’s Hummingbirds make a strong impression. In their thrilling courtship displays, males climb up to 130 feet into the air and then swoop to the ground with a curious burst of noise that they produce through their tail feathers.

  • Habitat

    Anna’s Hummingbirds are common in yards, parks, residential streets, eucalyptus groves, riverside woods, savannahs, and coastal scrub. They readily come to hummingbird feeders and flowering plants, including cultivated species in gardens.

    Backyard Tips

    Anna’s Hummingbirds are welcome backyard birds and are easy to attract. Set out a hummingbird feeder, then mix your own hummingbird food using one part sugar to four parts water. Don't use honey or food coloring. Anna’s don’t migrate much, so don’t be surprised if the bird visits your feeder all year long. 
    Find This Bird
    The easiest place to see Anna's Hummingbirds is at a feeder; otherwise keep a sharp eye out near large, colorful blossoms during the spring, especially near eucalyptus trees and cultivated gardens. Look for males are often seen high in the branches of a small tree or bush, singing loudly. 
From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Painting in progress - Yellow Lab - Step by Step

"Oil Painting of Emma (the yellow lab) In-Progress"

A few months ago I took care of my friends yellow lab "Emma "while they were away in Italy.  I had also taken some photos of her swimming in the river and decided that one of those images might make a nice oil painting for one of my upcoming art shows.  I also wanted to try and paint "water", which I have never done before.  So this is my progress so far....

I began the painting with a few coats of "black gesso:

Letting each coat of gesso dry thoroughly and sanding in between as necessary.  Once the gesso had set up ( a day or two ),   I painted in my oil ground.  It is my deep green background color.  

After the underpainting was dry, I chalked in the position of the dog.  In the image above I had just started to block in the color of "Emma."

Check back soon to see the painting progress.  

Here are some pictures of "Emma - the yellow lab".....

"Life is Good"

"Fun with Emma in the backyard"

"Emma & Addie"

We sure do miss you Emma.... and your owner's too.

Barbara Rudolph

You can follow the real adventures of "Emma" on the link below.  She travels the country with her owner "Ken Newman" a well known award winning sculptor.

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Their journey "Sculpting on the Road. Sculpting from wood and in clay for bronze sculptures, Ken Newman and Debbie share how travel impacts Ken' sculpture and their lives. This blog includes weekly conversations about sculpting, art shows, museum exhibitions, art organizations, galleries, selling art and the business of art.