Livestream Studio is here!

This has been a long journey. I’ve been thinking about it for two years and talking about it for one year. After so much work and planning, the day has finally come! I’m so excited to share my studio with you and to get to know you personally.

What is Livestream Studio?
It’s a service I’m now providing to art lovers and artists via Patreon.com – there is something for everyone here. Among other exclusive perks, you are invited to subscribe to livestream painting sessions online twice a month where I’ll paint for my group of patrons and answer your questions. I’m also offering one-on-one mentoring to a limited number of artists.

I won’t delay this any longer. Everything you need to know is on my Patreon page. Hop over and watch my video!

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*Bonus Livestream Painting on Facebook {May 3rd}

This Friday evening I’ll be going live on my Facbook page at 7pm as my big kick-off for my Livestream Studio services. You can click this link to my Facebook Page at 7pm on May 3rd to join the fun. Send the link to some friends!

Wedding Vows {Painting Progression}

Join me as I share the progression of Wedding Vows below.
Read about the objects and symbolism for Wedding Vows in this post.
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Wedding Vows {12×24 oil $875}

Wedding Vows seemed to take forever to paint as higher priorities, trips, and illness kept me at a crawling pace toward the finish line. This is always very difficult for me. I start to feel like the painting isn’t one cohesive unit, but is instead a disjointed puzzle with pieces that don’t quite fit together. Sometimes when a week or two has passed, I find that I even see the colors differently which can be very evident in my normal white cloth which everything is sitting on. One week I’ll see the shadows cooler than the next week.

Many flowers, limes, lemons and pears were sacrificed in the studio. So, I struggled. But in the end, it worked well and it’s now hanging in West End Gallery, just waiting for her new home.
Enjoy below the progression for Wedding Vows. Click on any image to enter a slideshow.

Wedding Plans {Painting Progression}

Rebecca Finch Wedding PlansPresenting, my latest painting,
Wedding Plans {10×10 oil $575}

• See a detailed view of “Wedding Plans” on the website’s Painting page.

Read the “Wedding Plans” Fictionette here if you haven’t yet. {Fictionette: a short story written by Rebecca to accompany a painting}

Enjoy an image gallery below showing the progression of Wedding Plans from beginning to end.

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Unlocking Old Secrets II {Painting Progression}

"Unlocking Old Secrets II" {8x8 $495} © Rebecca Finch

“Unlocking Old Secrets II” {8×8 $495} © Rebecca Finch

While I’m working on the website facelift, it leaves less time for blogging, so this one will be shorter than normal. BUT I’m super excited about the new website look and I can’t wait to launch it!

Here’s a look at a different painting in the Unlocking Old Secrets collection. You can see the progression for painting III here.  If you didn’t catch the short story written just for these paintings, you can read the Fictionette here.

Enjoy a short slideshow and some explanations in the comments. Look for this painting to be available at West End Gallery’s Opening reception on May 1st.

Click on any image below to view the large slideshow.

Unlocking Old Secrets III {Painting Progression}

Transparency and Contrast I on easel


Unlocking Old Secrets III is the smallest in a series of three paintings which I will use similar objects to create a unified look among them. It’s also the first grouping of paintings to be released with a “fictionette”. Enjoy a bit of fiction that fills in some background for the objects {here}.

One thing I love to do is show the step by step progression of a painting. One day, I plan on filming some time lapse videos, while I paint, but until that day, this is what I can do for you. Enjoy a little slideshow and some explanations in the comments. Look for this painting to be available at West End Gallery’s Opening reception on May 1st.

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Silver and Oranges {A Closer Look}


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The Painting:

It seems that I have a hard time setting up a still life without adding something reflective. I’m like a raccoon hoarding my little growing collection of shiny still life objects. Silver and Oranges, completed in January, is no different. Perhaps it will become one of my staples. Continue reading to learn about the pitcher, a painting technique reveal and a gallery of the painting’s progression from beginning to end.
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Daniel Keys Painting Demonstration

Have you been interested in seeing the process of painting? Art enthusiasts and artists, this is the 1st video in a series of 6 showing Daniel Keys pulling a painting to an end. Enjoy for curiosity’s sake. Drink in for instructional means.

Want more?

Daniel Keys’ Website
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Wine of Release

Wine of Release ©Rebecca Finch

Wine of Release ©Rebecca Finch

There have been days where I was too upset to paint. I would go in, put music on, don my hat, get my tools ready – all with a heavy heart. Only 30 minutes into painting I couldn’t see because of my tears and I felt I couldn’t breathe because of the weight of all I had experienced. (Ever been in so much emotional pain, you can actually feel physical pain? Yeah, been there these last 2 weeks.)

I was making such a mess of things because seeing and thinking properly cannot be done while upset. So I had to leave the painting and still life alone for a few days. I had more important things to do than to play with paint anyway, although my husband wants me to keep working because he knows painting this series will also help me to process everything.

But now I am back at it. Things are looking up for now, my heart is beginning to heal and it seems that my painting skills have returned after not having painted in so long. I’m really looking forward to my next painting session so I can play with those roses.

First Crop

First Crop ©Rebecca Finch

Today was a beautiful day, so it seemed very wrong and counter productive to stayindoors.

We’ve been growing our first batch of tomatoes, and have been watching each day for changes. It has been very exciting for my husband and I as we’ve watched them change from a yellow blossom to full grown and ripening tomatoes.

Today I noticed this one cluster that was an eye catching gradient from green to orange. The colors were so beautiful together, I just knew that it had to be the subject of my painting, today.

Here was my set up as I created a studio in my backyard.

Here was my set up as I created a studio in my backyard.

I have everything I need, here. My pallet is a plastic box that has some very thin and wet sponges on the bottom. Then I place a special paper that stays wet along with the sponges underneath. This way my acrylics remain wet and usable instead of drying out within a short period of time.

I use acrylics as if they are watercolor paints. Very thin layers of acrylic are perfect for me as they cannot be re-wet or reworked.

After a significant time of painting, it was necessary to take a five minute break to cool off in the pool. Then it was back to the work at hand (if I can, in fact, call it work).

 

 

 

Here was my set up as I created a studio in my backyard.  I have everything I need, here. My pallet is a plastic box that has some very thin and wet sponges on the bottom. Then I place a special paper that stays wet along with the sponges underneath. This way my acrylics remain wet and usable instead of drying out within a short period of time.  I use acrylics as if they are watercolor paints. Very thin layers of acrylic are perfect for me as they cannot be re-wet or reworked.  After a significant time of painting, it was necessary to take a five minute break to cool off in the pool. Then it was back to the work at hand (if I can, in fact, call it work). First Crop ©Rebecca FinchFirst Crop ©Rebecca FinchFirst Crop ©Rebecca FinchFirst Crop ©Rebecca FinchFirst Crop ©Rebecca FinchFirst Crop
6×6 Graphite Acrylic Charcoal on Illustration Board

What a fun piece to paint sitting on the ground outdoors
surrounded by the sounds nature around me.

Petals and Cream {Painting Progression}

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Petals and Cream Collection studio narrative and painting progression gallery

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Having recently moved into our new home, I am continuing to experiment and learn how to best use one of our bedrooms as a studio. Here you can see my temporary system for hanging background fabric. I hope to perfect this in the future, but for now, we are going with it. I apologize for the small photographs.

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In the Kitchen IV

Mom's Home Cooking progression ©Rebecca Finch

It’s Time for Big Decisions 

There are a few more things that are needed before the painting is signed. The cookbook needs a few correcting strokes as some of the angles are a little off. And some decisions need to be made for the background. There’s much empty space in the top half, and something needs to be done there, but what, I am not quite sure. I will probably go to some large brushwork, there. Here’s where a painting can be made stronger or weaker – in the last wrapping up session.

I do like the lower left corner, and how the towel seems to emerge from the background – something happening, yet not too distracting. I hope to create that same effect for the rest of the background.

In the Kitchen III

Mom's Home Cooking progression ©Rebecca FinchIt’s amazing what a few hours of concentration and about 50-70 correctly placed shapes of accurate value and temperature will do. I realize that was probably a few terms you may not be familiar with if you’re not an artist. So, let me explain a little to you as I continue my painting. I may have to split this little lesson up in a few posts, so let’s tackle phrase #1 for today.

“Correctly Placed Shapes”: It may sound really strange to you, but if you want to paint accurately, one must pretty much forget what is being painted. For instance, when I was painting the apples, I had to fight the urge to think “stem, top of the apple, bruise on the apple. . .etc. ” Because when I do that, I’m pulling on the left side of my brain that has records of images of what an apple should look like. I can draw an apple from memory, but it can’t possibly match the one I’m looking at.

When I paint, I’m literally thinking, ” bright red skinny shape, right next to a wider, yet shorter shape that is a tad more blue than the first red skinny shape.” I have to look at the colors and compare them to the color next to it. It’s a mind bender sometimes. Somedays I’m right there in the “zone” as I like to call it, but other days I’m not concentrating and it pretty much falls apart before my eyes.

I’ll explain Temperatures and Values to you at a later date. I hope you enjoyed your mini art lesson!

In the Kitchen II

Mom's Home Cooking progression ©Rebecca FinchAs promised, here is a better and slightly updated photograph. The sun went behind the trees very fast today as our days are getting shorter and shorter. Currently I have direct sunlight through my studio from noon until around 3pm.

More highlights were added to the kitchen towel, and I started adding some correct shapes on and around the bowl. I am looking forward to the eggs. . . well, I’m looking forward to finishing this one. It’s the most complex still life I have painted in some time, and the longer it takes the less enthusiasm I tend to have. We have had a long string of sunny days which I am very thankful for. I will paint, again, today, and will soon post more updated photographs. Thank you for looking.

In the Kitchen I

It’s been set up for about 2 weeks, now, but because of many circumstances falling under the categories of “Life” and “Priorities”, today was the first day of real and profitable painting. After a run to the grocery store to get the most old fashioned bag of flour I could find, some apples, and very expensive brown eggs, I set up the still life attempting to mimic the look of a real kitchen counter.
Feel very special, for I usually don’t like to show the set up, but I thought it would be fun this time. One thing I would like you to keep in mind as you view the setup and undoubtedly compare it with the painting, (it’s hard to fight that urge myself) remember that I am painting, not taking a photograph. I am allowed to make changes in value, temperature and edges. If we weren’t then all paintings any artist painted would be the same in style, and they might as well be photographs. So, as a painter, I simplify color changes, edges and subjects,. .etc. to make the painting the best it can be, my goal is not to record everything that is there. With that said, proceed and enjoy.

My most daunting task was to simulate the backsplash to create a little more authenticity. Here you can see the cover to our radiator turned upside down with a piece of cardboard (the backing to one of my old sketchpads) propped up to look like the back wall. You can’t see it, but there is a hole in the flour bag (of course I didn’t notice until I came home with it). The old Betty Crocker Cookbook was my Mamaw’s, and the kitchen towel, bowl, measuring cups and spoons were all wedding gifts. Notice the lovely Dell box underneath the “kitchen counter”. Only the best in my studio.

In the time between my first and second painting sessions, some of the props such as the measuring cups and spoons were temporarily taken from the setup because they were needed in the real kitchen so we could eat.

My first painting session yielded only incorrectly sketched items. So after a faulty beginning I studied the still life as I passed by the room on my way to something more urgent and envisioned the painting completed in my mind as I worked on other things. (Pretty cool – I can do art while I vacuum.) I could see the style I was going for. Loose, simple, effective, yet warm, reflecting the enjoyment I find in cooking. For some reason I could see the apples completed in my mind the clearest, so the decision was made that the apples would be my point of origin, and if done correctly, they would set the tone for the rest of the painting.

I am pleased with today’s progress, and am able to envision more of the painting completed. The sun was going down, so my opportunity for a good photograph was gone before I realized it. This explains the low color quality. The photograph is a little skewed because the wet paint would have created lots of glare if it were taken straight on.

Better and more complete pictures coming soon. If the sun chooses to shine tomorrow I will be painting, again. Keep checking.