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Monday, March 29, 2010

" Proud Rooster " farm bird 16x20 canvas painting OOAK


SOLD

OOAK
one of a kind painting
" Proud Rooster "
by
C. Wright
3-29-10
16x20 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas .

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A great painting for a rustic look !
Unique -- quite interesting and just a bit unusual !!
This rooster is ready for anything at anytime -- he is proud as he stands on the fence post !!
Background has a tiny bit of black spaltter to make this a rustic barn wall .
This bird was a challenge for me -- I think I like painting barn scenes and farm animals .
A great folk art painting to give as a gift or keep for yourself .
This painting will brighten up anyone's decor .
Will make a perfect gift for rooster / chicken collectors or farm decor !
Hang as it is because the sides are painted.

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some of the colors -- rust , red , blues , greens , white , black and yellow
acrylic paint
I like to add interest to the paintings with texture !!
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A gift of original art is one of the most special gifts you could offer someone .
My art is not perfect -- I don't think anything or anyone is perfect -- so my paintings will never be an exact painting -- you will see as you follow my art .
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** This is a one of a kind OOAK original 16x20 inch painting on stretched canvas .
** signed on front and back
I will include a certificate of authenticity .
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

" Blue for Spring " blue dog red tulips 16x20 painting

Check Ebay to bid on this cute painting !!

SOLD
OOAK
one of a kind painting
" Blue for Spring "
by
C. Wright
3-24-10
16x20 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas .
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This one is so cool and bright !
Unique -- quite interesting and just a bit unusual !!
Little fuzzy blue dog in the grass with the red tulips -- Spring !!
Background was sponge rolled a pretty bright green ( much more colorful in person ) .
Grass and red tulips -- look close to see lady bugs -- yep -- that's a sign of Spring !!
This little dog got so blue waiting for Spring !!
This painting will brighten up anyone's decor .
Will make a perfect gift for Easter or Mother's Day-- for yourself or a loved one !!
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A gift of original art is one of the most special gifts you could offer someone .
My art is not perfect -- I don't think anything or anyone is perfect -- so my paintings will never be an exact painting -- you will see as you follow my art .
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some of the colors -- blue , green, red and yellow
acrylic paint
I like to add interest to the paintings with texture !!
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** This is a one of a kind OOAK original 16x20 inch painting on stretched canvas .
** signed on front and back
I will include a certificate of authenticity .
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A blue dog painting awaits !!

 I am going to attack the painting today --- a blue dog is waiting for me !!
I will paint a blue dog and some flowers -- hmmmmm- what kind of flowers ??
I am thinkling tulips for spring .
Wish me luck today as I get started on a cool painting !!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

article on How not to Clean your Original Paintings

I found this article and thought it very inbtersting -- hope you learn something from this to !!

How not to Clean your Original Paintings

By: blog.RubyLane.com

Over the years there has been a number of myths concerning how to clean your oil painting. You can only imagine my surprise to see that these myths have survived and are now appearing on websites as being legitimate ways to clean your art. Here is some of the advise that you need to avoid.
For some reason, food items appear to be a popular cleaning agent. It was recommended that bread, sourdough being the preferred, should be bunched up and rubbed all over the painting to pick up dust and grime. The other option is to cut a potato and rub the raw end all over the art. The results of both of these methods is bread crumbs and potato residue. The bugs will thank you.
Baby oil was championed for years as an excellent option to put the oil and suppleness back into the art. You were instructed to use a soft cotton ball coated with baby oil and gently rub it in a circular fashion over the painting. This initially makes it shiny and the colors look bright. The problem is that it does not rehydrate the oil paint. It just sits on the surface of the painting being sticky. It does not dry but it does attract dirt and dust which becomes embedded into it. The only way to safely remove this layer of sticky grime is to hire a professional.
Another big “No No”, is rubbing alcohol. Yes, it may clean a spot or smudge but it will also take the paint right off. I remember my mother trying this when I was a little girl. She was shocked when the seagull disappeared from the sky along with the smudge!
Even a feather duster can be harmful to your painting. The barbs on the feathers can cause tiny scratches over the surface.
The good news is that it is fairly easy to take care of your art. The best way to clean it is just to use a soft sable brush to get the dust off. Anything beyond this usually needs a professional.

Article Source: http://www.collectibles-articles.com

Friday, March 12, 2010

When I try to get a new painting started .....

I have such a time with painting a new subject .
 I wish I could just paint and get it over --- but no -- I have to dwell on this forever it seems.
I started a canvas with a med. green background and will some how put a blue dog on this with some flowers.
Exciting once I get going but I just dwell on this.
Maybe that is the fun of it --- like treasure hunting only I am hunting for inspiration !!
Sometimes it is easy for me and other times it is just a puzzle.
I will hopefully get this done this weekend when I have time.
Wish me luck !!

Spring Forward this Weekend !!

On Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time begins in USA

During World War I -- Daylight Saving Time was started here in the USA.   To save energy for war production .

Did you know this ? I just learned this information ! I am how old ? We don't want to go there !!

Anyway, you learn something new every day of your life , that is , if you are like me. I enjoy these little bits of imformation ! Now, to retain all this stuff in my little brain !!

SO-- spring forward this weekend and have a great day while  you get that extra hour of daylight !!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I see a blue dog in my next painting !!

Okay -- I had a suggestion to paint a blue dog -- well, I thought and thought about it .
I can paint a blue dog  but what will be in there with this poor ol' blue dog ?
I think I will make it cute and put some flowers in there -- you know, spring is here  !
As soon as I get some more time -- I will start it -- and see what happens !
I go with the flow -- sometimes I have all intentions to paint a subject and it makes a U turn and goes someplace completely different !!
Do you artists out there run into the same thing ? I like it in a way because it becomes a strange surprise for me, too !
Feel free to comment on my blog as you follow my progress as an artist !
You know -- when you comment on blogs, it gets your name out there , too !
Have a beautiful day !!
Cathy

Saturday, March 6, 2010

How to Tighten a Painting with Canvas Tightening Keys -- By: George Baxter

How to Tighten a Painting with Canvas Tightening Keys


By: George Baxter on 30/09/2009

http://www.hobbything.com/hobbies_stories/how-to-tighten-a-painting-with-canvas-tightening-keys/949/866.aspx




Over time the canvas material on a blank canvas or painting a can lose tension over the stretcher frame due to lateral shrinkage of the stretcher bars. This is caused by a reduction in the moisture content of the timber. This effect is minimized with buying canvases which are constructed with kiln dried stretcher bars.



Caution: If the painting which requires tightening is of financial or sentimental value it would be wise to take it to a professional framer to be tightened as the following methods, if done incorrectly, may damage the stretcher frame or canvas.



Tightening the Canvas a Water Spray

If the canvas is only slightly loose the material can be tightened by spraying a fine spray of water onto the reverse side of the canvas and allowing it to dry. This method is unlikely to work on a very slack canvas in which case, tightening keys may be used to fix the problem.



Tightening Keys

The tightening keys are usually made of wood or plastic in superior and less expensive stretched canvases respectively. These keys are the eight little wedges usually kept in a small plastic packet attached to the inside rim of one of the stretcher bars. Although with some canvases the keys are already placed in each of the stretched canvas's four corners.



Using the Keys

If the keys have not already been positioned into the four corners gently push them into the slots provided. Following this, lodge them further using reasonable amount of pressure working successively from one corner to the next. It is important that the same amount of pressure is used on each canvas tightening keys as differences in the pressure applied would result in a distorted canvas frame.



Flip the canvas over and check the tightness of the canvas material. If the material is not tight enough - this sometimes happens with large stretched canvases or canvases built with a heavy weave material weave material - you may use a small mallet to apply more pressure to each of the keys in turn.



Further Tightening

Working on one key at a time, position the wood on the periphery of the tightening key, take the mallet and lightly tap all eight canvas tightening keys. It is important to mention that great care should be taken when using this technique as too much force would split the stretcher bar. If this happens the painting would require to be stretched again on a fresh stretcher frame.



Canvas keys, used correctly result in canvases that are more rewarding to paint on and can also drastically improve the appearance of a finished painting. If you would like to reduce the chance the frames of your finished paintings becoming loose try using Canvases constructed with kiln dried stretcher bars.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Practice Your Painting Here !!

Now this is fun -- have a great time putting some paint on the canvas -- no fuss no muss !!
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How to cut out a snowflake without the mess !!

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Will be thinking of next painting Today !!

I don't know why it is so hard to get  an idea for a painting -- but for me it is.
I have a really hard time with this -- once the idea gets to me -- I am anxious to paint .
Are other artists like this ??
I will be busy pondering and meditating about this today -- along with all the other things in my brain .
 You should know how this goes --way  too much to worry and fret about !!

Have a beautiful and successful day !!
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