View Full Version : Resurrected WIP (& New Art Room!)

02-23-2013, 04:45 PM
Hello. . .

I have finally gotten a room to use for an art work area and have begun to get it set up as you can see in photo. I used it for the first time yesterday afternoon. The WIP on the easel was began last summer and then collected dust for several months while I bought new house and moved, etc. It was really quite dust covered and the light area was dirty, but with helpful suggestions from everyone I got it cleaned up and started work on it again. I need new bulbs for my ceiling light as light from that is yellow and dim which is why I have that OTT light shining on it as well.

I will post better photo when I have done more work on this. I wanted to show my new art area some, too, as I am so excited to have it.

The materials: painting is on colorfix paper. On the table is a set of 48 Neopastels in first box with some other misc oil pastels (about 10 senns, some open stock neos, and some other student brands) in the lid. Those are closest to the easel as they are the ones I use most. Then comes a box of Mungyo Artist and last a set of Erengi (separated into the two sections). Also my oil pencils & sharpener, color shapers and paper towels. The little roller sponge brush there is great for putting colorfix primer onto surfaces without streaks. Basically this photo shows all the OP supplies that I use :)

PS: Do you guys prefer doing the background last, first, or along with the rest of the painting? I tend to do it last as you can see from this picture, but was thinking after doing a bit of work on this that next time I might try working from the top down as I am touching the painting with my ball of my hand quite a bit and smudging. I know I will be doing that a lot when I add the background.


02-24-2013, 09:22 AM
That art room looks VERY organized. But, what happens if you pick up one of the OP sticks? :lol:

02-24-2013, 11:06 AM
Is it legal to have such a neat work space? It will spoil the fun of having to search for everything as you need it.
I also have the full set of Holbeins in the wooden box. Don't you love them? I do.

02-24-2013, 11:24 AM
Well i have only used it twice so far since getting it set up. Only once whe took that picture. I am sure it won't stay that organized

02-24-2013, 01:50 PM
It's a beautiful workroom, and a great start on the painting!

02-24-2013, 03:09 PM
Thank you, Dee. I have an oil pastel I painted of the same lovely girl, her name is Rio, in a similiar pose but from her opposite side a few years ago. Its hanging in my living room (same size of colorfix sheet). If this one comes out well, I hope to hang it with that one as a set.

02-24-2013, 04:47 PM
RainySea, you could, if your arms are long enough and you have the strength for it, stretch your arm across the canvas and grab the other side, using your arm as a support to keep your hands away from the canvas as you work.

Where did you get that easel? Does its base seem pretty sturdy? I really like the way you have it set up, as well as the rest of your studio space.

02-25-2013, 10:13 AM
I love your new artist studio space - you have a real nice collection of oil pastels, an oil pastelists' dream! Isn't it wonderful to have a place where you can spread out your supplies to see what you have? It's so organized, it has a real nice feel to the space.

Love your latest painting, looking forward to seeing her finished.

Pat Isaac
02-25-2013, 11:53 AM
This is such a nice work space and it is...oh, so neat! You will really like having it so you can leave your work out.
I always work my background together with the whole painting. Just my preference as I like to know where I'm going and see how everything relates to one another.


02-28-2013, 12:45 AM
Thank you all.

Pat, thanks. I am going to try that method when I next start a new work.

Here I have finished blocking in the base colors on the dog but no background at all, that is just the colorfix that is burgundy. . . next will work on the details of the dog and getting shading right, then the background. And whiskers last. BTW, she is backlit by sunlight (which is why her ears look outlined in this block in).


Pat Isaac
02-28-2013, 08:22 AM
Looking good, Rainy and I do like that pose. I also love the burgundy colorfix.

02-28-2013, 12:28 PM
Love your studio Rainy, soooooooo neat and tidy. I have outgrown my studio room so i'm in the process of moving into a bigger room. I could'nt actually get to my easel as it was swamped under all the art materials that I keep aquiring. I have bought 4x drawer units from IKEA to tidy away alot of my paints and materials and have built some shelving into a large corner alcove which is big enough to store my blank canvasses, boards and pads flat. which should hopefully mean i get half of the room for storage and the other half can be used to set up my easel.
As for oil pastel sets, my only OP's still in their wooden box are the Holbeins, I bought the full set of 5 tone colours and I like how each colour sits in its 5 shades in an individual box and haven't had the heart to mess them up:lol:

Rio the bull terrier is coming on a treat, and if he is going to be backlit I think the dark background looks nice as it is.
Incidentally my clan are a family of bull terrier owners, currently my cousin has a white English bull terrier like in your icon picture and then I have my Cyrus, a Staffordshire bull terrier (I live in Staffordshire where the breed originated so it is kinda fitting) staffies are pretty popular round these parts, though sadly not always looked after as well as they should be and the dog pounds are sadly full bull breeds that have not been socialised properly by their previous owners, If i won the lottery my perfect life would be to buy a farm and set up a Staffie\English bull terrier rehab/rehoming centre :crossfingers: one day maybe

02-28-2013, 07:12 PM
Thank you Steve! I have been looking to get some more storage for my room, too. Right now most of my other stuff is piled onto my book cases, which means I have nowhere to put my books so most are unpacked in boxes still the garage.

Thanks for the comment on the background, I may consider that! I have three bull terriers and one miniature bull terrier. Have you done paintings of Cyrus?

BTW, your dream life sounds wonderful :)

03-01-2013, 04:44 PM
I have got as far as starting an underpainting of him in acrylics (i think that was back in Oct last year), but i'm still undecided on how to finish, because it is on wood panel it seems a shame to put it behind glass so i have ruled oil pastel out, thus the toss up is between Acrylics or Oils. I love the speed of acrylics but nothing beats oils for me as a personal preference (and this pic is for myself), Problem is, i'm just not very good at revisiting paintings over multiple sessions which oils often dictate, so it's all a pickle :lol:
this is as far as i got before it ended up on the 'to do' pile

03-01-2013, 08:49 PM
Looking great RainySea!

03-03-2013, 11:50 AM
Thanks, Michelle.

Steve, that is a beautiful beginning on Cyrus. Love the background color you choose for him. I haven't used acrylics much (and NEVER oils). The only painting I ever did with acrylics was of a BT puppy though :)

He looks like such a handsome fellow. . . I love how black fur shines like an oil slick in the sun on smooth haired dogs. Please share it again when you have had a chance to finish, will love to see.

03-06-2013, 05:08 PM
Love the new painting! and your work space is perfect...everything at your fingertips!

03-07-2013, 08:39 PM
Thank you, Carly!

I had time to do a little more work on it today. . . still a long way to go but I'm pleased with how its coming out so far.
And it is absolutely awesome to have a place to work on art that's separate from the rest of the activity in the house.
LOVING that part. Much easier to focus and get into the work without distractions.


03-08-2013, 11:25 AM
Rainy, what a nice studio you have. Where do you do your sketchbook or watercolor work then? Good painting too.

03-08-2013, 05:20 PM
Thanks, Sandra. Actually, I have moved the work onto the drawing table as I am working on some acrylic painting on the easel right now. The photo shows only one part of the room. I moved the drawing table to where the easel was beside the flat table and the easel over to the left on other side of window. Then on the other side of the room is a closet, bookcase and two storage cabinets. I sketch all over the house and even outside -- I've not been doing any watercolor lately, but if I did I would probably need to make room on the flat table and put the OP away in cabinet for a while. I would like to get a chair that is adjustable like an office chair as right now am using one of my dining room chairs.

Worked on the painting a little more this morning but didn't take anymore photos yet as I plan to work on it more later.

Since I've gotten spots of color onto the background burgundy, I will probably add a background when I am done with the dog rather than just leaving the burgundy color.