Thursday, May 20, 2010

Snow landscape oil painting finished

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I finished my snow landscape yesterday, decided to keep it impressionistic because I like it better that way :)

snow landscape oil painting erik van elven 11n
 'Snow landscape' oil on masonite
© 2010 Erik van Elven
No longer available

Actually I wanted to start a new studio painting with the new Talens Cobra watermixable oils yesterday but decided to finish this one first because I have so many wip-paintings laying around already :)
So the cobra's will have to wait till Friday.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Plein air painting - De Haeck

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plein air painting oil landscape cobra water mixable oil paint
Plein air painting - De Haeck , 8x10 oil on panel
© 2010 Erik van Elven

I went to the beautiful 'De Haeck' near the Nieuwkoopse Plassen today with fellow painter Cas van der Sluijs. Nice, steady light throughout the afternoon. This painting was done with the new Cobra water mixable oil paint by Royal Talens, I will be talking more about this in a future blogpost.

Finally got around to testing my Art Cocoon Traveler 1.
It's a wet-canvas carrier made from high quality cardboard, very light and easy to use.
This version can fit a 4x6,5x7,6x8 or 8x10 (You just take out the cardboard piece that fits your panel.
After you've done painting, you just put on the lid, put on the elastic and off you go!
I think it's a great product.

plein air painting Erik van Elven

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Landscape oil WIP

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A painting study I'm still working on. This is a little past the block-in stage.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The best brush for acrylics and water mixable oilpaint

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When you're painting with acrylics or watermixable oils you're pretty much stuck with using synthetic brushes since hog-bristle brushes get floppy really soon when they get into contact with water frequently.
Until a few months ago I primarily used W&N Artisan brushes since they were stiffer than most synthetic brushes but then I came across Rosemary and co, a small mailorder company in the UK. All their brushes are handmade and you can request a free catalog which displays the brushes life-size so you won't have to guess about the size of the brush.
The best brush for acrylics and watermixable oilpaint IMHO is the Ivory line of brushes. Stiff but springy, it holds quite a bit of paint and it retains its shape a lot better than any other brush I've worked with. I like the long-flats and the filberts.
If you like a brush that is just a bit softer they also make a really nice synthetic Mongoose, named Eclipse.

best brush for acrylics and water mixable oil paint

The top 2 are Ivory brushes, the bottom one is an eclipse.

If you're looking for a great brush for regular oil paint you should try the Mongoose series 279, it's like the Langnickel brushes but without losing the hair :)
Apparently Jeremy Lipking, Morgan Weistling  and Richard Schmid use these brushes as well . If they are good enough for them..

Update: 11 August 2010: Since I've switched to a softer oil paint I currently use primarily the Eclipse brushes combined with the Series 279.
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