Friday, April 30, 2021

On the easel this week

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A little recap today of what I've been doing in case you don't follow me on Instagram.

This is "Promises, Promises," pastel, 11.5 x 18 inches.

See a short video of the backstory.

I'm still playing with oil and cold wax medium, this time on oil paper in small format.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021



Reference photo

Yellow means Spring. Last night I painted a 12"x9" Centurion OP Linen panel with Golden Hansa Yellow Acrylic. This morning, with a pastel pencil and an oil based colored pencil, I sketched in the still life. Applied some oil paint using a 50/50 Linseed/Gamsol mix. Wiped color away with a shop towel. More paint applied with a brush, scraped paint off with a silicone tool. Now I’ll let it dry before the next step.

On another subject - my Spring Sale - for small oil paintings that need a new home. Please consider adding one to your collection. Take a look.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Spring Sale Additions


Lime with Apple
7- day Auction

Seven matted mini-prints
Purchase on Etsy Sold, but wait!
I found more in my Studio storage as well as  4 new images.
I'll be making more little packets for Etsy soon.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

I guess I'm having a sale


"Fall Color," oil on Yupo paper, 9x12 inches

I've been thinking about having a Spring Sale. Today, before I knew what was happening, I put this one on a DPW auction at $45. This was an interesting experiment and was painted after my online workshop with Dutch painter, Roos Schurring. So much fun to paint! It is a textured oil and is ready for a 9x12 inch frame (no glass needed).  I found the process so interesting that I took progression photos. 

Please help me clean my Studio by considering this for your Collection. Take a look at the auction here.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Whoo Hoo Rework

Movie Star,  step 2


The Movie Star, step 1

On the easel today...a 24 x 18 inch rework of an old unfinished, unvarnished oil painting. I made a short video of the process.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Reworked Oil Painting


Time After Time, Oil, 18 x 18 inches
©2021 Barbara Benedetti Newton

I am frugal with some things, oil paint is one of them. Looking back, some of my paintings show that frugality. Not a good look. 

I have given myself an attitude adjustment based on two things:

1. My age. I have many tubes of oil paint. If I continue to be frugal about how much I use, they will outlive me. I want to use them up.

2. The addition of cold wax medium instead of my usual liquid medium adds body and volume to my paint and gives my work a more generous look.

Above is the recent rework of a 2014 painting. The original work is shown below.