Thursday, August 18, 2011

"Radiant Turquoise"




















6 x 6" oil on canvas panel SOLD

The thing that kept popping in my head over and over
as I painted this
was "Take better care of your toys!"

It's a life long bad habit. I must say I'm better with the
brushes than I used to be. The ones pictured are at least
6 months old. They are Dinosaurs compared to
the old
days when I would forget to wash them and return
to
find them petrified with dried paint.
Acrylic at the time.
Eeeeeewwwww!

~ Submission for DPW's "Paint What You Paint With"
Challenge. Better late than never!

23 comments:

Linda Popple said...

Gwen, I love this! Plus your tube of paint is one of my favorite colors. :-)

Douglas Clark said...

Great painting, it is hard to always take care of our brushes like we should.

Sonya Johnson said...

Ha ha - I'm glad I'm not the only one who is guilty of brush mis-use!

Great little painting, Gwen :)

Robin Kent said...

Very real. Too bad you can't paint the dried paint out of the brushes for it to be real..but these look better than mine.

Susan E. Roden said...

Sure miss seeing you Gwen, but this is a sweet little beauty that makes up for lost time!
Love your composition and of course your technique is spot-on!

mary maxam said...

Super Gwen, this makes me want to treat my own brushes better! Love the crimpy tube and radiant blue.

hmuxo said...

Absolutely flawless, Gwen!! Very realistic!!

C. k. Agathocleous said...

Gorgeous, Gwen!

Kim said...

Hi Gwen! It's a masterpiece! ; ) Love the tube and shadow. Beautiful brushes. But the composition is *awesome*. So nice to see your post this morning!

carol morgan carmichael said...

Love those radiant colors! This is such a fun composition. I can relate to your "toy story" . I have been straightening up my toy box this morning. What a mess.
SO fun to see a post from you! Love your paintings.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Very nicely done, Gwen. Brush care is tough. And I hate to admit when one just needs to go in the trash.

Karen Werner said...

I really like this, Gwen! My tubes of Gamblin look JUST like that! I have to say I religiously wash my brushes after every session, but it's a pain! Great painting.

David Larson Evans said...

Looks real looks great looks like you should paint more.

rahina q.h. said...

i can't believe they are 6 months old! you are kind to them:) a lovely composition Gwen.

Lisa Daria said...

Good combination of colors and positioning of objects - I like this a lot.

Barbara M. said...

Love this painting and your post.
I don't use expensive brushes for this reason. But what a Godsend it was a few years ago when a friend taught me that rubbing alcohol cleans dried acrylic off brushes. It takes some work in really bad cases, but even a brush that's a hardened clump can be saved.

XO Barbara

Julie Hill said...

Gwen...this piece has surpassed all the other favorite of yours. Love the composition and the execution...no wondered it is SOLD!

suzanneberry said...

great painting gwen! great to see you back. i have a brush problem too. i buy them and then hate to use them...why? because in a nano second they look like they're all having perpetually alarming bad hair days. they never stay nice. i've babied them, fed them, moisturized and conditioned them but to no avail. basically if i want to keep them nice, i can't use them!

julie davis said...

Love this one, Gwen!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Great painting! Funny, I like the radiant blue by Gamblin really well! I didn't know anyone else who uses those "radiant colors"!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I love this, and also love the Gamblin Radiant colors (the Radiant White is now my everyday white). This really made me smile - our daily work tools!

Art Collector's Corner said...

So nice!
and great subject to paint.

Karen Bruson said...

Love those radiant colors!