Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

Oil painting was definitely not an option for me because of the odoriferous fumes generated from traditional oil painting products.  So for the longest time I shied away from oil.  When I learned about water soluble oil where the paint washes off with just water, I had to give that a try.  I thought I’d share my approach and experience with you in case you have wanted to try oil paining but, just like me, didn’t take the plunge due to the fumes.

 

 

My oil painting supplies

 

 

Water Soluble Oil Painting Supplies | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

  • Daniel Smith Modified Water Soluble Linseed Oil – This is the ONLY oil paint medium I purchased.
  • Canva-Paper by Canson – Canvas textured paper.  At 290g it has a nice weight.  I did not have any problems with paint seepage in the back.  Great for practice, acid-free, and a space saver over using canvas
  • Da Vinci oil and acrylic brushes – These are synthetic brushes.  Don’t use soft watercolour brushes for oil.
  • Palette knives – For mixing paints
  • Masterson’s Sat-Wet Handy palette and liners – It is a lidded box that comes with a few sheets of palette liner paper included.  You can buy extra liners.

 

Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paint

 

 

Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I decided to invest in Daniel Smith oil paints.  There are less colour choices in the water-soluble oils than the traditional ones.  I started with primaries to mix colours, along with a few neutrals. I recently added a few more tubes to my collection.

Daniel Smith paints are of professional quality.  The paint flows and glides over the painting surface without any effort.  They stayed vibrant even after drying.

 

 

Sketching

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

I usually start my painting with a sketch, denoting the dark and light areas.  I keep a little room on the side to write down the paints I use for the painting. 

 

 

Prepping

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

I forgot to take a photo of the prep of the current painting, so here is one from an old painting.  Since I am using paper as opposed to canvas, I needed the paper to have a solid backing.

I used painters tape, the same one I use for my watercolour paintings, to tape the paper to a smooth MDF board before placing it on an easel.  Masking tape works well too.

 

 

Painting

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

In the beginning, my base paint layer was really thick. So when I tried to paint clouds over that, all I got was ruts cut into the base layer with my brush.   I wiped the area and started with a thinner base layer.  Once I learned that lesson, all was well.

A tiny little dab of the modified linseed oil was enough to rejuvenate the paint when I found my brush or the paint to be dry.  Water can also be used for painting and mixing, but water dulls the paint a little.

I used palette knives to mix paint instead of a brush.  The paint tends to collect in the brush without really mixing properly.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

I love the fact that I can paint light over dark with oil.

Oil is extremely forgiving. The paint stays wet for a long time and can be moved and manipulated.  If I did not like an area, I was able to carefully remove the paint and the brush strokes and start over.  It smears very easily though, so be mindful of that as well.

Another thing to note is that the previous layer needs to be somewhat dry before the next layer can be applied.  Otherwise, the existing paint shifts and moves around along with the paint for the new layers.

The finished painting takes a long time to dry completely.  So don’t touch it for at least a few days after you have painted your final stroke.

 

 

Charlie Experimented With Me

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

Unbeknownst to me, Charlie wanted to participate in my oil painting experiment as well.   I made a few swatch cards which I moved promptly to the table in my atelier and cleaned all the tools before dinner.  Next morning I found the clean palette had somehow moved on top of the still-wet swatch cards.  The cards had smeared paints on them as well as the calendar, which lay next to the cards.  At this point I was not only sure that a cat got on my table, I also knew which one.

Right at that moment Charlie walked up to me.  He was sporting Ultramarine Blue paws and a Quinacridone-Magenta tail-tip.  He is exceptionally sensitive to smells and runs away from orange peel and potato chips/crisps!!  Considering that he got on the table to check out the paints told me how non-odoriferous they are.

The ultramarine blue from my gently protesting kitty washed off completely under running water.  I used a little soap for safe measure.  Quin. Magenta washed off too, but it dyed the white tail.  I trimmed his tail a little where the white tip took on a reddish tinge.

I am always very fastidious about cleaning up my table.  Now I know putting away freshly done paintings needs to be part of the repertoire as well.  Water solubility of Daniel Smith’s oil paint worked out really well!!  I thanked Charlie for his participation with lots of kisses while he purred.

 

 

Wild Flowers In The Park | Whims And Fancies - using Sennelier Oil Pastels

 

 

Many of you already know of my fondness for Impressionist/Post-impressionist painters, specially Monet and Van Gogh.  Earlier I did this Wild Flowers In The Park painting with oil pastels, which by the way is a fantastic dry oil medium.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

I wanted to paint the Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire with similar small soft brush strokes, which I found almost calming even though I was working with a new painting medium.  I had a marvellous time painting the warm rich colours of the hay bales against the woods and the deep blue sky with floating clouds from one of my favourite places in the world.

 

-Soma

 

 

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Wandering Camera – Thistles

Scottish Thistle Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

 

Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.

Thistles are not what one would necessarily call very pretty flowers.  They are a wild sort that grows on invasive thorny plants.  Yet the fuchsia colour is undeniably vibrant and beautiful enough for me to seek out and photograph them, and paint them afterwards as well. 

A few months ago, on our third road trip in Scotland, I was looking forward to spotting and photographing them on walking trails.  I found quite a few variations of the flower in different areas. 

 

I hope you enjoy this set of my photos of wild thistles.

 

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This is the only one that I photographed in a garden.

 

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I took this photo by the mountainside, bracing myself against 40 – 50 mph wind gusts.  Considering the effort it took me to take this photo, I feel I brought a bit of the Scottish spirit back with me!

 

Scottish Thistle | Whims And Fancies

 

Thistles are not grand, but definitely tough, wild, and have a strong aptitude for survival.  This little prickly weed has not only got the status of being the national flower of Scotland, it has also placed itself in different varieties of stylised art. 

I too have succumbed to the magic of thistle.  Hope you enjoyed the photos!

 

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Wandering Camera – Woodland Walk

Northern California Woodland Walk | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Welcome to the very first revival of Wandering Camera – a monthly photography linky party. 

There are trails that meander through the forest in the mountains about 27 miles from our home.  By late spring the area becomes hot and arid, but during the winter months it turns into a lush green woodland.  The rainwater then brings beautiful early spring wild flowers.   I love to walk amongst these trees, specially on cloudy days or closer to twilight.  

 

 

Walking into the woods, in the trees painting | Whims And Fancies

 

Self-portrait – walking into the unknown

 

I find the forest eerie, but at the same time the trees make it a safe place to hide and explore.

 

 

Northern California Woodland Walk | Whims And Fancies

 

 

A few months ago, I wanted to spend the wintry morning of my birthday walking on one those forest trails in the mountains leaving the small adjacent town below.  Trees dominate the landscape, but a closer look always reveals so much more. 

 

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
 
 

Northern California Woodland Walk | Whims And Fancies

 
 
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
 

 

Northern California Woodland Walk | Whims And Fancies

 
 
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
 
 
 

Northern California Woodland Walk | Whims And Fancies

 
 
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
 
I love to photograph forests and trees, they inspire me to create.  I had previously shared this favourite poem of mine, Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, written by Robert Frost.  I hope you will indulge my wanting to share the poem here once again.

 

 

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Oxford Skyline

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The stunning architectures of the city of Oxford have inspired many before me.  I was not surprised to find myself wanting to paint the iconic buildings of the city for a new bookmark.  Bookmarks are small, therefore great for playing with colours and techniques. This is my approach to painting a bookmark depicting the skyline of this dreamlike city.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I was not too fastidious with the sketch itself; I wanted to get started painting quickly.  The piece was going to be mostly monochromatic.  I started by making a value drawing in pencil.  The lightest buildings are the farthest out and the darkest ones are the closest to the viewer.  Once that was done, I started selecting my paints.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

For the sky I started with a warm yellow and then tested three blues against that on scrap paper.  Since I was painting a late afternoon as opposed to an early evening scene, I chose the warmest of the blue tones.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Daniel Smith Quinacridone Gold is one of my favourites, if not my most favourite.  I knew from the very beginning that the buildings were going to be painted in this colour.  The closest and therefore darkest buildings got more layers of paint to make them darker than those in the middle or further away.  I had to let the each layer dry in between.  That, I don’t mind telling you, really tests my patience.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Once I was happy with all the background shades, I added a hint of red to the closest buildings to make them even warmer than the rest. I thought it would be nice to add a few suggestive details to the buildings as well.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Before this painting, I wrote down the paint combinations I used for certain paintings on little pieces of paper, but I could never find them afterwards.  I decided to keep a log book starting with this painting, noting down the paints for each one.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I painted the bookmark using watercolour.  I would also love to paint a larger and a bit more detailed version of this scene in oil one day.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The bookmark is now residing in between the pages of my current book.  Happy Reading!

 

Cheers,
-Soma

 

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