What you need to start oil painting

 

If you have been thinking about starting to paint then you have come to the right place. In this blog post I will tell you what you  need to start oil painting. So get comfortable and take notes.

I remember when I first started. I had so many questions. Which oil colors to use? Should I use canvas or canvas paper. What on earth is medium? If you’re having any of these questions right now then I’m here to help you. I can’t say I’m an expert but I will tell you what I’ve learned throughout the years.

  1. Oil paint. There are so many different brands of oil paints. I would suggest starting with the oil paints created for students a.k.a beginners. They are cheaper and perfect for practising. When the time goes by and your skills get better, you can invest more money in oil paints.
  2. Brushes.  There are brushes for watercolor, oil colors and acrylics. Pay close attention to the signs so that you won’t buy the wrong brushes. Brushes come in different shapes. Each one of them has a specific stroke. When it comes to oil color brushes, they are made of bristle hair and sable hair. You can use bristle brushes to complete your whole painting but when you need to make finer details then you need to use sable brushes.
  3. Turpentine. It can be used to thin oil paint and effect the flow of paint onto the canvas.
  4. Newspaper ( to clean the brushes) Or you can use some kind of old clothes to clean your brushes. Whatever works better for you.
  5. Linseed stand oil.  It is a painting medium which will make oil paints more fluid, transparent and flossy. I use it a lot. The thing I love about linseed oil is that it is odorless. It’s not healthy to breathe in poisonous mediums.
  6. Charcoal pencil or pencil. They will come in handy when you start the painting. You can use them to sketch out the basic outlines for your work. This will make the whole painting process easier.
  7. Palette. You can buy a palette from the local art shop or you can buy it online. I personally have used one time use plates, also discovered that the glass from a picture frame can also be used as a palette.
  8. Comfortable clothes. Yes! Its very important to wear clothes that are not your most favorite ones. There is a high possibility that you might end up ruining your clothes when you spill some oil colors on it. I have personally managed to wash the oil colors out but it all depends on the material and fabric of the clothes. Also, you should consider getting yourself rubber gloves. It’s not good for your skin to get covered with oil colors.
  9. Easel or table.  I personally love to use both of them. With easel you have an opportunity to paint either by standing or you can use a chair. If you would prefer to have all your oil colors in hand, then you can paint on the table. Personally I can’t always paint on the table because I tend to get the neck pain when I spend too much time behind the table. So if you are a person who is suffering under neck pain/ back pain then probably this isn’t the right choice for you.
  10. Canvas. There are so many different brands who offer canvas in different measurements. When you’re just getting started with painting, I recommend you to start with smaller canvases. Personally I think it’s easier.

I hope this blog post was helpful and you learned something new.

New art: beautiful little paintings in the etsy shop

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Lost in time
Oil on canvas paper
32,5 x 28,5 cm

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So far away
32,5×32,5 cm
Oil on canvas paper

I got the inspiration for this painting from a movie: The pursuit of happyness. I likes the par where Chris told his son: “Don’t ever let somebody tell you “you can’t do something” not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you “you can’t do it”. If you want something, go get it. Period.

The waves in this painting represent all the obstacles and criticism that you might face your journey while you are moving towards achieving your dream. But don’t let these waves scare you. You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf. In other words all these obstacles will make you stronger.

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Awake my soul
32,5×32,5 cm 
Oil on canvas paper

This painting is about finding your purpose. What makes you smile? What are you passionate about? What makes you eager to get out of bed every morning?
Do what you love. The world needs more of that. You only have one life. So make it count, make it special.

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A moment to remember
Oil on canvas paper
32,5×32,5cm

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Harmony
Oil on canvas paper
32,5×32,5cm

The emotion that I was trying to capture with this ocean painting, is harmony. 

 

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My etsy shop launch

 

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I have some very exciting news today. Probably many of you already know that I finished my painting series “Waves of life” and recently I opened my etsy shop. I’m so excited.

For months I wanted to open my shop on etsy.  Since I was busy with finishing my “Waves of life” series, I didn’t have time for that.Today I’m happy to announce that you can find all my paintings on my etsy shop.

I have paintings in many different sizes and I ship worldwide. I’m also planning to paint watercolor paintings as well. I want to have as many different sizes paintings as  I can, so people who can’t afford my biggest paintings, can give a home to some of my little painting.

Feel free to take a look.

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Waves of life series launch

 

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Wow, finally it’s the day of my Waves of life launch. . Are you ready? I am. I’m so excited. This has been a long and interesting journey for me.  I hope that you connect with my paintings some way. When I look back I can see how much I have grown and learned thanks to this series. The series has 14 paintings.

The series is all about life.  It will concentrate on many situations and experiences that almost all of us experience.

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Power of love
55x46cm
Oil on canvas

The ocean in this painting represents the powerful force of nature. Ocean finds the way through and around rocks.. Just like the ocean, love is powerful. This painting is to remind us that love always finds it’s way.

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Happy vibes
60x50cm
Oil on canvas

This ocean represents happiness. This painting is all about positivity. I want this painting to inspire and motivate us to be positive and good to each other. Because what we give, we get back.

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Tranquility
60x70cm
Oil on canvas

This ocean and clouds represent the peace. It’s important to find peace in the world we don’t always understand.

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Follow your way
65x54cm
Oil on canvas

This painting is to remind us that being different and unique is good. Don’t care what people say. Just follow your own way. Trust yourself, trust that everything will work out. Believe in yourself.

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Moment of bliss
55x46cm
Oil on canvas

I got the inspiration for this painting when I was at the beach in Latvia. Sometimes watching ocean helps you put things into perspective. Often we live in the past or are worried about the future too much. Our everyday life is so busy and we forget to take a moment and enjoy the beautiful things in life.

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The last day of holiday
65x54cm
Oil on canvas

This painting is a memory of my holiday. I went to Latvia in summer and I had an opportunity to visit a beach there. It was so beautiful.

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Waves
65x54cm
Oil on canvas

With this painting I wanted to capture waves. I like the way they move around little rocks.

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Forgotten place
60x70cm
Oil on canvas

This painting represents the beauty of the earth, an abandoned place. A place where people don’t come.

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Wave
81x65cm
Oil on canvas

There is something very fascinating about the movement of the ocean. With this painting I tried to capture the spirit of the water. I love the way ocean moves. It’s like a dance.

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The beach
81x65cm
Oil on canvas

I got the inspiration for this painting when I went for a walk with my friend on the beach. I stopped and observed the movement of the ocean. It was so beautiful.

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Return to the paradise
81x65cm
Oil on canvas

I dream a lot. The best part of it is that I remember my dreams. This painting represents my dream where I spent the most beautiful day in the beach. The dream felt like I was in a paradise. The beach was so beautiful. I tried to capture the feeling of this dream.

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Waves of change
81x65cm
Oil on canvas

There is one quote that inspired me to paint this ocean:  “You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf”  In life often something unexpected happens. We shouldn’t let things knock us down, maybe we can’t do anything about it but we can control how we respond to the things.

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Afterglow
55x46cm
Oil on canvas

Afterglow represents a day when it’s silent and there is no wind. Moments after the storm.

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Just a dream
40x40cm
Oil on canvas

Just a dream is a 2 piece oil painting set. This painting is from a dream that I see often. In my dream I see a huge wave that is coming to me and I’m trying to escape. I wanted to paint this dream so that I could face my fear which is deep water and remind everyone the importance of facing their fears.

You can buy the prints here.

 

20 things I love about art

 

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Many people have asked me why do I do what I do. There are so many things I love about art. In this article I will tell you about these reasons.

  1. Colors. I think it’s the most important thing why I love art. There are so many beautiful vibrant colors available. Sometimes I struggle because I can’t decide which colors to use for my paintings.
  2. Paintings. Although I draw portraits of people, painting is still my favorite medium when it comes to creating art. It’s like a totally different world that you can create with these beautiful colors.
  3. Texture. I love texture.
  4.  I’ve also learned to enjoy the unexpected/ unknown. Starting a new piece doesn’t always mean that an image of the finished version in my mind. It can be really scary to look at the blank canvas but if you just trust and create, the magic happens.
  5. Art connects people. Since I started to draw and paint, I have met some amazing and beautiful people from all over the world. It’s so good to talk with like-minded people and discuss on topics about art.
  6. Art shares emotions. I love to watch other artist’s artwork. There are always emotions in the paintings. That’s exactly what I want to accomplish with my paintings- I want to vibrate the positive emotions.
  7. Art teaches you to observe/ look, see things from a different perspective
  8. Art makes me happy.
  9. Thanks to art I will never grow up.
    “In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colors of a rainbow”. ~Papiha Ghosh
  10. The process of making art. I love painting because of the process. It’s like everything else in life, you set a goal and then you start moving towards your goal. The most important thing isn’t the finish. During a process we learn so many new things. I grow as an artist during the process.
  11. Art lasts long.  You can see many artwork from famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Leonardo Da Vinci. These artists are dead but their story lives on in their art.  My wish is to leave my own story to this world and I’m giving my best so that it would be positive and inspiring.
  12. Art speaks the same language all over the world.I like the fact that it doesn’t matter where you come from, you will always understand the language of art because in order to understand it, you just have to observe.
  13. Art is good for soul. It lights up my soul.
  14. Art is freedom .It is free from world’s rules and standards.
  15. Art is meditating. When I’m painting, then I feel like the world around me just disappears. I feel peace and oneness with the artwork. I’m concentrated in the present moment. I feel happiness.
  16. Art is everywhere around us. Years ago when I didn’t paint and draw, I didn’t notice art around me very much. Although when I was a little girl, I loved to lay down on the grass and just stare the clouds with my friends and observe them. I saw animals and many other things. It was so much fun! Now I’m so happy that I notice art everywhere. It makes life so beautiful. Beauty is everywhere around us if we only pay attention.
  17. You forget your worries. It doesn’t matter how big problems I have, painting always makes me forget everything.
  18.  You can be yourself freely. Nowadays in our society, there are certain standards and if you don’t fit in then you are considered to be a weirdo. Through art you can express who you are and be free.
  19. There is no right or wrong. You don’t have to worry about doing it wrong.
  20. Reduces negative emotions.

What are these things you love about art?