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Still Working on the Giant Prickly Pear Painting. . .

5 May

It’s still unfinished–you may remember it from this post. Here’s what the painting looks like right now. The colors are a bit off in the photo–the background is a bit more purple-magenta-ier than it shows here. But you can get the basic idea:

Giant Prickly Pear (unfinished). Oil on Ampersand Clayboard panel. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Giant Prickly Pear (unfinished). Oil on Ampersand Clayboard panel. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

As I wrote in my first post about this piece, it’s my first experience using a Clayboard Ampersand panel. I think I like it. For one thing, the panels don’t take up as much room as a stretched canvas–always an important consideration for me, in my small 1950s ranch house! These panels can be stored in a flat file, unlike stretched canvas. And they appear to be very durable. Hooray!

On Sale

12 Mar

This Southwestern-style cactus painting is on sale for 30 percent off here.  (It was reduced from $125 to $95.) You can read more about this piece’s interesting history from this post back in September. Happy viewing!

Sale--ORIGINAL Western Art, Cactus Art, ORIGINAL Oil Pastel, Cowboy Art, ORIGINAL Painting, Southwestern Style, Prickly Pear

Succulents!

7 Oct

Succulent plants and cactus play a big role in one of the semi-autobiographical sketches from my nearly finished short-story collection, Foleytown. I plan to publish excerpts from that particularly succulent story tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy my watercolor/colored pencil renderings of a jade plant from my own humble potted plant collection:

Original Watercolor Painting Jade Plant Southwest Style Terra Cotta and Olive Green

“Jade Plant, Watercolor and Colored Pencil, 2012,” Copyright S. K. Cole, 2012. All rights reserved.

ACEO Jade Plant Original Watercolor, Jad Plant, Southwestern, Garden Art, Succulent, ACEO, Original Watercolor

“Jade Plant ACEO, Watercolor and Colored Pencil, 2012.” Copyright 2012 by S. K. Cole. All rights reserved.

ACEOs (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) are baseball-card sized original paintings or collages that are collected today by art enthusiasts from all over the world. They are an affordable way for an ordinary person to acquire and display a large amount of original art. There are ACEO trading parties in most major metropolitan areas, and stationery manufacturers sell special albums and display boxes to  keep collections in order. I have a selection of ACEOs–all original, signed mini-paintings–for sale on my Etsy site. I  find them quite fun to do–usually while watching cult TV shows and B-movies on Netflix–and many of them would look great blown up into conventional-sized paintings.

Just Finished This One. . .

29 Sep

For a change of pace, I did this new painting in Sennelier oil pastels, mixed with turp and linseed oil (which seals the pastels so that they dry like regular oil paints.) I did a lot of scumbling in this pic, which I don’t usually do with regular oils, but for some reason, I feel that oil pastels just cry out for some really vigorous scumbling.

(“Scumbling” means scratching a layer of paint to show either the canvas underneath, or another layer of color that’s been put down previously and then allowed to dry. I used the handle of my paintbrush and even my fingernails on occasion to scratch in some of the detail.)

I bought French-made Sennelier pastels for this piece so I could brag that I used expensive materials for it on my Etsy site, but if the truth be told, ultra-cheap Pentel oil pastels actually worked a little bit better for this technique when I tried it a few years ago. The Sennelier pastels were a bit on the soft side and kept crumbling when rubbed into the canvas; the Pentels were sturdier. More proof that expensive isn’t always the best way to go, even for art materials.

The subject matter is an old,  giant prickly pear cactus that grows on the historic Reinstein Ranch in Livermore, California. The owners’ motto is “keepin’ it rural” and they maintain an old-fashioned, working, cattle and horse ranch right on the fringes of northern Silicon Valley. Multi-talented rancher Roberta Reinstein offers her own spectactular hand-made jewelry here.

“Prickly Pear, Reinstein Ranch” Copyright S. K. Cole, 2012. All rights reserved.