Live Webinar with the Oil Painters of America
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On May 22 I had the pleasure of doing a live webinar for the Oil Painters of America. I’ve painted many times in front of people and have done numerous “Quick Draws” at art shows and feel very comfortable “on stage” but for some reason this event caused me a bit of a panic. So much pressure doing a demonstration live. If I messed up everybody would see my moment of insecurity. Well, I can happily say that all went well and I think everybody enjoy watching me paint my Princess Crown Margareta Roses in a brass vase.
I’ve received numerous emails asking questions so I thought it would be a good idea to answer them all right here on Inspired to Paint so all of you can benefit from the answers.
Thank you for providing this opportunity yesterday. Elizabeth is such a kind and talented artist, and it was a nice way to spend an hour during these unusual times.
I am curious as to which medium she referred to several times. I use the Gamsol frequently, but I was not familiar with the medium she uses.
Jan, I use Neo Megilp from Gamblin Colors. I had been using Liquin for years but have become much more health conscience and Gamblin is a great company that takes our health seriously. Also, here in Utah paints dry very fast even without medium and using Liquin made it dry too fast. Neo Megilp gives me the open time I like to be able to manipulate edges etc. Shanna actually has a product review of all their mediums so check it out by clicking here
1. When you can’t finish a painting ala prima or just paint the beginning stages of a painting, but can’t get back to finish for 2-3 days, what would be the procedure ? Would you spread a thin coat of medium over the whole painting?
2. What is the preferred finish – spray or brush on -varnish for best results ? How long before you can ship out?
Thank you. It was excellent.
Joanne, I actually did that with the painting I did for the webinar. I came back to it about 3 days later and took it to a finished state. I didn’t do anything to the painting except give it a light coat of Neo Megilp before I started painting. The paint had already dried so there were dull spots that I needed to make shiny again. Although I am an alla prima painting there are some paintings that take more time. I’ve come back to a painting many many times to keep working it until I get what I want. As long as I haven’t given it a coat of varnish I can keep working on it. As far as varnish, I like Grumbacher Gloss picture Varnish in a spray. It’s not too shiny and it’s a light varnish and easily removable if I have to remove it in the future. Gamblin’s Gamvar is also good. I can ship the painting out as soon as it’s dry. Sometimes I’ve been known to ship a painting that is still a bit wet because it’s for a show and I’ve waited until the last minute to paint.
You mentioned using a product – I assume to thin the paint but I did not catch the name of the item. Currently I am using Liquin to thin paint, etc but the order is so strong, I do not like using it for that reason.
Thank you for the info.<
I loved the painting session – it was GREAT!! and very informative.
Do you paint from photos as well as live set ups?
What brushes do you rely on the most?
What painting surface(s) are your favorite and why?
This is where the painting ended after about 45 minutes of painting. I have everything I need now to finish this painting later. It has a good foundation to build upon.
After about 3 days I came back to the painting and finished it. I did put a thin layer of Neo Megilp on it before I started painting because there were some areas that had dried dull and I wanted that fresh look of oil paint as I came back on top of the dry paint.
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Elizabeth, you mentioned putting a layer of NeoMegilp on your painting before getting back to it. How do you apply it to the painting if it is still a bit wet?
My painting was dry at that point. Paint dries pretty fast here in Utah
I’am so glad you repeated this webinar, because I did not have a chance to see it in full.
It’s very informative and specially in answering questions about materials and composition.
Thank you so mush Elizabeth, to share your knowledge with us! Happy painting!
Thank you Larissa. I’m glad they made it available.
Happy Painting to you too!
Love, love, love your work. Do you ever come to Florida to give Art Lessons or show in galleries or art fairs?
I love sunflowers and have been trying to successfully paint them. I’m not there yet. I have problems with shadows and highlights, I’m never happy with the colors. I bought your Sunflower lesson. Would love to see you do a video on lights & shadows, “The finishing touches, how and why”. I have watched and re-watched many times how you set up your colors. Somethings not clicking. I will say that I have learned much from your video. My hopes and dreams are that someday I’ll paint well enough to donate my paintings to charity auctions.
Thank you so much for your kind words. We have so many lessons planned for the future. June’s concept lesson is on how to create form and the full lesson is painting pansies in a sugar bowl. I have taught in Florida several times. I’m not in any galleries in Florida. A concept lesson on Light and shadow is in the works