Learning to Paint in Oils - Part 2

We had a bit of a break in-between the first painting class and then unfortunately I had to miss the second one. I made up for it in the third class however, adding a blue glaze to my apple painting and the still life I started in the first class. I then painted over the still life in white as I had made it too dark in the first session. I also started a third little study of the pear in the still life group in a brown glaze on canvas.

Here are some photos of my progress with each painting - the sessions were four and a half hours long so there was time to get lots of painting done!

The Apple



Still Life

It was a bit nerve-wracking at first painting straight over the original glaze with white but I soon got the hang of it. Painting with oils is far more forgiving than I expected and each session has been very relaxing!









The Pear


Next Time: Adding colour glazes!

Zoo Day 2014

I have been knocked out with the flu this week, so here are some photos from a recent zoo trip a couple of weekends ago. I was amazed at how close I was able to get to some of the animals, and even though the day was very cold the sun kept shining!

I was working on some new clothing designs before I got sick, so I will post an update on those soon!

Squibble's Day At the Zoo - June 2014

Work in Progress and Digital Doodles

The last few weeks have been very busy and I have been working hard on some new projects.

Here is a sneak preview of some of my current work in progress and digital doodles. Some of these photos are from my Instagram feed, I quite often use it to post quick snaps of work in progress!

Chocolate Digital Painting Test Squibble Design

A Visit to Wellington Botanics

I did find time to go on an outing to the Wellington Botanic Gardens a couple of weekends ago and luckily the weather was good enough to take some lovely photos. I was even lucky enough to see a cheeky native Kaka parrot happily stripping the bark of a tree.

Outside the Hot House



Peace Garden

Tiny Mushrooms

Curious Kaka

Red Berries

The Rose Gardens

View Over the City

View over the City 2

Purple Rose

Red Roses

White Poppy

Orange Poppies

Yellow Poppy Closeup

I did not get round to posting about my copy of the Teacup LOLcats comic book which arrived a little while ago!

I ordered the paperback version, and am very happy with the quality of the paper and the printing. The shipping was reasonably fast once the book was completed, and was extremely well-packaged. Seeing as we are well into winter here in New Zealand, I was worried that the book may get damaged in transit. I didn't have to worry at all, as the book arrived in a sturdy box, and was wrapped in plastic as well as a protective then foam layer. This was a relief as I have had books that were simply shipped in a plain cardboard envelope arrive ruined in the middle of a rainy New Zealand winter.

I have started taking oil painting classes and had my first afternoon session on Sunday. Each class is four and a half hours long but that meant I didn't feel rushed and came away with two new pieces of art.

I have never used oils before at all so was a bit nervous and the teacher showed me some basic painting and glazing techniques. After a test run with charcoal, I tried the same still life subject in oils:

Test Still Life Oil Painting by Squibble - Apple

Then I chose a new subject and applied those same techniques here also, still working with just one colour: