For the last few years, we’ve done something special for holiday shoppers. With our miniatures, offered only at this time of the year, people can get an original handmade gift at a price well below what we normally charge for an original. This year I’m focusing on painting originals in oil on watercolor paper. Most of these are on a 9x12” sheet with some white around the edge and a “organic” edge treatment. This leaves a lot of options for matting and framing. These are priced at $99 - available on the website or at our Solana Beach gallery.
Why oil on watercolor paper? These have been super fun for me to paint. I’m always amazed at how a new medium can change everything for an artist. First of all, because it’s watercolor paper, it takes a wash and treats it like a watercolor, mostly in the way it absorbs the paint. So washes look like water color. I like to block in large areas with a wash, applied with larger brush. Secondly, when the thicker paint is added, the paper immediately starts to soak up the oil, making it easier to paint wet into wet. The surface of the painting is not as viscous as it would be with canvas, since canvas allows the paint to sit very wet on top of the surface. Lastly, the end result is a velvety finish that looks great. If the colors look too flat, I use a small amount of satin finish spray varnish to “pop” the color.
As for subject matter, I’m running the gamut of our most popular themes: lots of local San Diego scenes, tropical wavescapes (dreamscapes) and even getting into the new “Moving Water” series. If there’s something you want, let me know. I may be able to fit it in. Please have a look at our website (under “Holiday Minis”) or stop in the gallery to check them out. Mahalo!