Wednesday, March 07, 2012

SOLD - Winter Birch Trees - Oil Paintings

Birch Trees in a Field - Oil on board - 6 X 6 inches
A Quiet Pair - Oil on board - 8 X 10 inches
March 7, 2012

I started these two oil paintings tonight. Each one has the first layer of a nine layer glazing process. The glazing should add some transparency and depth to the paintings if I am able to apply them correctly.

Birch trees are an easy subject and fun to draw and paint. These trees are not finished yet, this is just the loose outlines. I will add detail as the painting progresses. It's a good idea to have quite a few oil paintings in progress because each should be dry between layers and it can take anywhere from a few weeks to many months for a painting to dry depending on thick your layers are.

Thanks to my friend and painter Olivia Wilder for her glazing tips and her brush recommendations. I recently ordered six brushes from http://www.trekell.com/ and they are really great. They are hogs hair brushes and hold lots of paint while retaining the characteristic spring of a good quality hogs hair brush. I recommend them.

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