I just finished this painting of an Eastern Painted Turtle. I saw this fellow this Spring basking in the sun on Lake George in upstate New York. I was out in my kayak and he was back in the marsh off Huddle Bay. Most of the other turtles splashed into the water as I approached but this handsome fellow was brave enough to just watch as I shot photo after photo. The painting measures 9 by 12 and is for sale.
I worked on both of the turtle paintings yesterday. One is still in progress but – drum roll please – the other is finished.
Reminder: I took a photo of this turtle while kayaking on Huddle Bay in Lake George earlier this year. He was a brave turtle and the only one that didn’t dive into the water when he saw my boat approach. Instead, he posed on a bed of moss and let me take photo after photo of him basking in the sun.
If you are interested in purchasing this 11×14 oil painting. Contact me.
My next painting will be of old garden tools.
I like having something I’m thinking about painting while I’m still finishing up a current painting. Friends of mine have loaned/given me some old tools to use. I also have some images of contents inside garden sheds that I took on road trips. And, I’m certainly including my favorite trowel.
In my imagination, the painting has a few watering cans (I have my Grandmother’s), terra-cotta pots with patina, a worn green cultivator (Thanks, Judy B.) and my Johnson Brothers trowel. I’d love to include a glass bell-shaped cloche should anyone have one I can borrow.
I’ll start by setting up the still life and tweaking it until I’m satisfied with the composition. I like when the eye travels from a main focal point to another point and another inside the painting. I’ll show you the photo I will work from once it is done. Meanwhile, enjoy Mr. Turtle.
Today, I worked on accurately drawing the turtle, getting the darkest colors on the canvas, applying color to the shell and adding more color to the background.
The shell color is a mix of ivory black, zinc white, and burnt umber mixed together to make a warm gray. To this base, the colors magnesium, thalo blue and a touch of ultramarine blue were added. It still isn’t exactly as I want it, but it’s not done, yet.
One of the things I like about oil painting is that there is always time to make changes.