Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Working large is a whole different animal. Not only did I go through
a ton of paint, I was able to loosen up and slash the brush with 'chords'
you can't do on a smaller scale.
Painting big is funner than I thought! :)

After some discussion with an artist friend, I decided to
paint this in oils instead of sign paint. Now I'm glad I did.

I made a much larger glass palette to accommodate  the colors
and mixing area. I wanted to try colors I've heard talked
about on other blogs. I wasn't so concerned with using
a particular color palette, or a limited color palette.
I wanted to try new mixtures to see what I could get. This is
an experiment I've wanted to try. If I create a monster, well
Halloween was just here!
This painting is not finished. I wanted to post its progress
at this stage. I don't want to fiddle with it, so a few dabs
here and there and I will call it done.
I hope you like it.
45"x48" oils on wood panel.


wetoilpaint said...

Bet this sales real fast!

Cyndi said...

Painting large is different! I love your glass palette arrangement. I like those bold pink highlight strokes. :D

Celeste Bergin said...

I do like it! You will get a lot of use out of that fantastic glass palette. That large lips painting is sure to be admired wherever it winds up!

martinealison said...

Un beau bisou fruité!...
Une belle palette... Si vous voyiez la mienne vous seriez affolé! Elle est visible sur mon blog :

Gros bisous

Jane said...

How can you not like this!? This mouth just jumps into your eyes, and as I said in the previous post, are so inviting. I love the crease !

Susan Roux said...

It looks like you're having fun! When you say big, you mean BIG! Your palette makes me want to jump right in and dip a wide brush! Looking forward to the finish of your big kiss.

billspaintingmn said...

Wet! Thanks! I hope so too! :)

Thanks Cyndi! Most of my large scale painting has been done in sign paint for outdoor billboards. So this was fun, because you can't handle sign paint,(or sign brushes)
the way you can handle oils, and oil painting brushes.
That bold pink is: Permanent Rose,(Quinacridone), Alizarin Crimson, Rose Madder, Cadmium Red Lt. Gold Ochre, Naples Yellow Light, and Titanium White! I don't remember the % mixture but I tested it several times till it read what you see!

Thanks Celeste! The palette needed to be big! I hope people find it interesting, and no one tags it!

Thank You Martine! I think the color you use in your paintings are wonderful!

Thanks Jane! It's good to hear that!

Thank You Susan! Yes! It was fun to paint, I just dove in and tried to paint smart!
I went from darks to lights. I blended both on the palette and the board.
I used a large flat mostly, also a palette knife.(I wore a glove and even used my fingers at one point!)

My thoughts are to let this cure, or set up. I will then make a second pass to the darks, mid tone, and high lights. Very cautiously. I dont want it to be over painted.(If that makes any sense?!)
I'll post the final painting, and where it will be hung.
Thank you all for you kind and supportive comments. This was surely a leap of faith. The best leap there is!

r garriott said...

Wow! That's one big kisser! Very fun!

billspaintingmn said...

Thanks r garriot!

..say that's one cool blog you have!
I enjoy hopping around to see art, and your art is very fun!:)

Celeste Bergin said...

Bill....are the lips done???

billspaintingmn said...

No Celeste! Sorry! I hope to get them finished soon.
Don't get mad at me:) please. I have no good excuse, but I think the dog ate my homework.