a day in the studio

May 10, 2014

After yesterday’s hard time with the silver I decided to paint!

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My studio looks like a tornado’s gone thru it! I’m almost embarrassed to show you. I really have to spend a day cleaning up in there. But today, I decided to spend several hours getting some art done and ignored the mess.


Robert told me this morning that I should describe some steps in my painting process. The trouble is I’m never sure how the painting’s going to evolve. But here’s a little of how I went about painting today.

I toned a wooden panel with some stuff called sludge. It’s brilliant stuff! Inexpensive and high viscosity; nice and buttery. I used a violet hue rather than the green hue and I mixed it with black and unbleached titanium acrylic. Then I collaged a sheet of note paper on it and painted another blended layer of acrylics smudged with my fingers and a bit of paper towel.

The piece of note paper is a 1915 Chopin study Nocturne and this set the feeling of the painting for me.

Next I got my pencil and sketched a moon, an idea of some stones and trees, and decided to sketch a barn owl.


I drew the moon shape by tracing one of the large ceramic bowls holding some tubes of paint, then used a couple of blue and a white pastel to smudge some colour around. I used some acrylic paint and some ink and some more pastels…a black one…to put in the idea of a ground. I also dusted a bit of gold powder here and there and smudged it in.

Then I painted the owl in unbleached titanium and some burnt umber acrylics just blocking in bits of colour for the shading.

Next I got out my oils and began bending the owl’s body, toning down the colours, bring it to life.

Well, that’s as far as I got. You can see the body part of the owl has the beautiful blended oil while the wings are still blocked in acrylics.


Here is the not finished “Nocturne Owl” beside a finished “Night Music” painting. I’m planning to have six or so paintings along this idea, a few big oils and some watercolours done for the show at the end of this month.

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But that’s enough for today. Time to close the door on the studio and wash up the brushes.

Hope you all have a fantastic evening and happy mother’s day to everyone who celebrates mother’s day tomorrow.

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Thoughts while brushing my hair
Friday creative energy

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  • Reply Lila May 11, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Awesome art!!!you should design t-shirts!! My daughter would defenitely buy them!!!!

    • Reply Veronica May 11, 2014 at 6:03 am

      That would be fun! 😀

  • Reply Fishtail Cottage May 12, 2014 at 7:40 am

    wanted to let you know I just posted about the tart tins (tutorial) on my blog today! thanks for your interest in learning how to make these! xoxo, tracie

  • Reply daryledelstein May 12, 2014 at 9:15 am

    super talented lady … thanks for the peek into the how to

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn May 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Veronica – these descriptions of each stage are fascinating – without you explaining them I would have no idea how many layers and stages are involved in creating the art – it reminds me that creativity is often like this, layer upon layer until there’s something there of beauty – and this takes patience and inventiveness – this blog entry of yours is a colourful and inspiring encouragement to stay open to this and to keep working on developing that rare combination in myself – thank you X

    • Reply Veronica May 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Aw, thank you Catherine. 😀 Sometimes I look at some piece and think, “how the heck did I do that?” So it’s good for me to revisit it too. X

  • Reply georgeplace2013 May 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    You do beautiful art!

    • Reply Veronica May 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Debi. 😀 Big hugs.

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