This was a fun one! I've experimented in the past using gold leaf with pastels. It's challenging because the leaf has to be strategically placed since pastels won't adhere to it. I wondered how the oils would respond. Beautifully! You can leave as much of the leaf exposed as you want...or paint right over it! Perfect. I'll surely be doing more of this. It doesn't scan well, so you'll have to take my word for it...the gold leaf shines!
This detail might show it a bit better.
Oil and 22 karat gold leaf on panel, 6" x 6", $125
I've had this reference photo for a long time. I've always liked the subject and the composition, but have been a bit intimidated by the glass. For some reason I decided to try it in oils and it essentially painted itself! Don't you just love when that happens?
Each fall, I visit Mainely Apples here in Dixmont to pick apples and savor the sights and smells of the orchard. The owners, John and Elaine Olsen, generously allow me to wander among the trees with my camera. I come away with crisp hand picked apples, cider, a taste of fall...and lots of reference photos. I painted this beauty first in pastels...
I painted the same lemons, sliced and rearranged, in oils.They look a bit more like oranges than lemons. Still trying to get the subtle color mixing down, but I liked the glow and I love those visible brush strokes!
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with display easel) + shipping
Still working with the oils and I decided to try an experiment. With the same still life set up, I first tried this painting with oils. Then tried it with my pastels. At this point I feel like I control the pastels...but the oils control me!
And Bruce McMillan, unofficial photographer for the day. Thanks, Brucie, for sharing your medium of choice, photography.
We began the day at beautiful Owl's Head. I am relatively new to plein air painting so brought along my familiar pastels and while the others painted the scenery, I stuck with still life. Much easier than trying to capture moving boats!
After a morning of painting and a lunch of shared stories and laughs, we moved on to Spruce Point.
I spotted a swatch of bright red berries amid the cool gray granite. If it were an oil painting, this attempt would be wiped!
Painters Pondering. The same 'tilt' of our heads cracks me up.
Barefoot Painters. It was a blissful day of shared camaraderie. A pleasure to have painted with you all.
(With thanks to and all photos courtesy of Bruce McMillan.)
July 9, 1959 – March 23, 2015 Brenda was an artist in rural Maine, working both in soft pastels and oils. She was delighted to have this blog to share her paintings and her process. As Brenda said, "I thank you kindly for your interest."
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