Category Archives: oil painting

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Horse in sunset

Sunset Horse_sm

My oil painting, “Horse in Sunset,” sold recently, but I managed to get a giclee made at a great shop here in town. They do excellent work. If you need a special gift for the horse-lover, I can now provide a reproduction on stretched canvas or paper.

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Portrait of Maury Hurt

14" x 11" oil painting

A gift for a friend who recently moved to Texas.  Maury Hurt was his mentor for many years and I’m sure he’ll miss his guidance and friendship.

Homage to Magritte

Homage to Magritte, 16 x 20 oil painting

My painting, “Homage to Magritte,” was selected to be in the Fellowship show at Crealde School of Art, 600 Saint Andrews Boulevard,
Winter Park.  There are ten artists showing, including the director of the Painting and Drawing Department, Henry Sinn.  The show opens this Friday, with artists’ reception from 7 to 9 p.m.

Miss Piggy as Carmen Miranda

This is the oil painting I submitted for the weekly challenge on Daily Paintworks.

Portrait from Friday's open studio at Crealde

John, 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas
Open studio at Crealde is from 1 to 3:30 on Friday.  Being able to paint/sketch the models in one extended pose is helpful for the portrait artist as well as figurative artists.  And the $10 charge, whether you’re a member of Crealde or not, is the best deal in town.    

Portrait from Friday’s open studio at Crealde

John, 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas
Open studio at Crealde is from 1 to 3:30 on Friday.  Being able to paint/sketch the models in one extended pose is helpful for the portrait artist as well as figurative artists.  And the $10 charge, whether you’re a member of Crealde or not, is the best deal in town.    

My entry into the weekly painting challenge

“Three Paint Tubes”  10″ x 8″  oil on canvas

Here’s my entry into the weekly painting challenge at DPW.  It’s good practice to try and do the challenges and great to see how other artists approach a similar subject.  Great site! 

Oil painting portrait of Jenny

 Portrait of Jenny, 16″ x 20″ oil on canvas

I went to my second portrait painting class of the semester yesterday and painted this portrait of Jenny. I’m painting on canvas panels now for space and cost considerations so perhaps the urge to wipe everything off that doesn’t agree with me won’t be so strong.  I only have one painting to show from last semester because of my chronic dissatisfaction with my painting technique.  It may be instructive to save this batch of portraits to see whether I’m making any progress.  My teacher, Don Sondag, suggested I look at Sorolla’s paintings for some tips on warm/cool shadows.  Here’s a good site with a lot of his images.

Oil study of three apples


Three apples
Originally uploaded by Gayle Bell

In an effort to simplify and focus, I’m thinking about doing a series of still life studies of three objects. I did this a few weeks ago and now I’ve got three pumpkins to work on. I’m also trying to decide what Frans Hals painting to copy. My painting instructor wants me to loosen up my brush strokes (something I’ve wanted to do for some time now) and he felt I could learn a lot from Hals. Hals is an outstanding master and I’ve been marveling at his technique while trying to decide what picture I could possibly come close to being able to paint. I’m not sure if I could come close to any of them.

New still life painting of three candles


Three candles
Originally uploaded by Gayle Bell

I think I’m finished with this still life painting, although the picture turned out darker than the original.  I’ve been looking around at still life paintings on the internet for inspiration and found a really great artist here.  I have quite a ways to go before I’ll ever be that good!