Savannah Summer

Savannah Summer
“if you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”  ~Vincent Van Gogh

I have been threatening to plunge into oil painting, and with this canvas, I have.  I found a company that ships responsibly sourced pigment, to which you add walnut oil.  Not only that, but I tried using water with some Dawn in it to rinse my brushes, and it worked!  No turpentine!  So, finally, my studio has moved in the environmentally friendly direction I’ve wanted it to.  Safer for the artist, as well.  Walnut oil does not yellow over time, and so the paint is completely archival. Now all I have to do is find a good place to dry paintings, out of reach of a certain Westie.  I’ve already had to wash green paint off of him twice from him brushing against it.  He looked like a little leprechaun 🙂

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  1. Yes, careful where you dry your paintings. The last little landscape I ever did — more than 50 years ago — was ruined when my cat walked across the sky. (The painting was lying flat on a desk in my study.) I didn’t discover it until well after the paint had dried.

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    1. Thank you! I love the colors…was afraid painting in oils would mean blah earth colors but that is not the case. I’ve been picking up food allergies as I go along, and I’d read that allergies to acrylic paint cause anaphylactic shock~not something I want to fool with.

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  2. I see Michael was reminded of Van Gogh, and that hit me, too. I like the bold yellow swath and the dynamic stripes on the tree trunks. Sometimes in the summer you’ll see fields in the corner of your eye, as you’re driving, with mustard and then goldenrod, and they look like that vivid yellow going by.

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    1. Yes! That is just what I was going for, that corner-of-the-eye thing 🙂
      I’ve been reading a wonderful book about artists and their gardens down through the ages. Fascinating. Van Gogh is certainly in their, lodged in my heart, but I’m discovering so many others. Reading that book is like dipping into candy. Mmmmmm. I seem to be turning into an Expressionist!

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  3. Ah, pets and art just don’t mix. I have many animal related incidents which is why I paint in the attic (that now I cant reach with my broken leg). What is “Dawn”? I was intrigued that you could clean your brushes without turps.

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    1. I’ve been wondering how you are managing. Is the pain level receding a bit? I hope so. When I was down with a broken ankle my husband brought me a board to put across the arms of a chair and I could at least draw.
      Dawn is a brand of dish soap. I thought of it because they advertise it as being the go-to soap to rescue birds and animals that have been caught in an oil spill. Pretty awful, really, but effective. It works pretty well but sometimes I still need to get out my eco-solve.

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      1. Ah, good for you. I am having my stitches out next week and and lighter cast put on (hopefull) so I think will start getting more active then. The sweelling has gone dwn a lot but it does hurt, especially at night, I cant get comfortable for long. I think I will want some acrylics or watercolours to play with soon…

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  4. I really like the bold rich colors that do give this a summery feel, Melissa. And like the others who have mentioned it, there is a bit of Van Gogh to be enjoyed here as well.Strong work.

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