Bed of Pansies, 2x2in, oil on canvas board, by Nicole Gelinas - I had fun creating this piece because it was a little more abstract than I normally paint, which was refreshing!
If you have trouble finding values by simply looking at a scene, a value/grayscale finder may be the perfect tool for you! When you purchase a grayscale finder in a store, there are usually 10 values on the card, ranging from pure white to pure black, with 8 gray values in-between. These 10 values are simplified from what our eye actually sees because in reality there are values in-between each gray. By simplifying to 10 values, it is much easier to recreate what you are seeing and still create a realistic piece of artwork.
To use a grayscale value finder, simply hold the value card up to the area in the scene you are painting/drawing. In this example we are finding the value of the water. (Visit the tutorial on how to make your own grayscale value finder, like the one pictured, for free!)
Now squint your eyes so you have ‘blurred’ vision. This will help you determine the value of the water by seeing which cutout matches the water the closest.
Notice in the example above that the water is the lightest value on the card. We know this because the small circle / cutout in the center ‘disappears’ on the grayscale value card. You have just figured out the value of the water! Now you can mix your paint, or draw in the correct values for your artwork. Continue on throughout the scene by repeating these steps on different areas of your view.
(Sold) - Following the Trail, 3x3in, oil on canvas board, by Nicole Gelinas
Making a grayscale finder is very simple and FREE!
- white-black paint chip swatch
- hole punch
- punch a hole into the center of each value on the paint swatch card
- use your new, free, DIY value finder and enjoy!
Diana Multi Pinhole Operator Camera, 6x6in, oil on gessoed board, by Nicole Gelinas, contact me for pricing
I was inspired to create this painting in honor of Film Photography Day (April 12th) and Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (April 27th), both coming up next month!! I have been a big fan of Lomography for years, so I thought this painting would be the perfect combination of all of my interests combined! I used the Diana Multi Pinhole Operator last year on WPPD and loved ever second of shooting with this beauty!
Springtime Butterfly, 2x2in, oil on canvas board, by Nicole Gelinas, completed on 3-30-14
I am pretty confident that 2x2in is the smallest painting I will ever make. But it is just so cute and tiny that I will be making more!!
Sunset Over the Fields in Idaho, 6x6in, oil on gessoed board, by Nicole Gelinas, completed on 3-28-14
Half Eaten Banana, 6x6in, oil on gessoed board, by Nicole Gelinas, completed on 3-27-14
Somewhere on Bainbridge Island, 6x6in, oil on gessoed board, by Nicole Gelinas
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Raku Studio, 6x6in, oil on gessoed board, by Nicole Gelinas
It’s day one of my daily painting journey and I’d like to thank Susan and Robin for allowing me to sit in on the plein air painting demonstration at NCAD today. It was so inspirational to watch my former classmate Susan teaching, and Robin showing the students his amazing painting skills!
I have had this goal for some time now to paint everyday. For whatever reason I continue to push it back and procrastinate on actually starting this adventure. It’s not that I don’t want to start, it is just fear holding me back. Fear of not making ‘good’ artwork. In reality, all paintings are not winners. But to be proficient and confident with my painting, I need to do it consistently.
Most daily painters start and finish a painting in a day. I feel, at least for the moment, that is too much pressure to put on myself. My first goal is to just simply paint everyday, not worrying about when I will finish. I don’t want to rush myself and feel panicked if I don’t complete a piece in one sitting. My second goal is to reach a point where I will paint quicker and finish a painting in one day, but for now I want to take my time and enjoy the process. (This is not saying I won’t finish a painting in a day! I just don’t want added pressure weighing on my mind.)
What is prompting me to start now? Today I participated in a plein air painting class at NCAD. My former classmate, Susan, was the instructor and they had a guest artist, Robin Weiss, come in to demonstrate plein air painting in the field. Susan and I took a workshop with Robin last summer, and I was invited to come join the class and assist if needed. I though, of all days to start painting this would be a great one! I will be kicking off my personal project with a group of painters, working outside, and alongside two accomplished artists who I truly respect.
So no more on-and-off again painting for me. I find this method makes it harder to start painting once I stop. My perfectionist nature will have to learn to deal with the fact that not all the paintings will be gems, but rather stepping stones to better technique and more confident paintings.
Who wants to join me in this quest of creation? Leave a comment below as your ‘signature’ vowing to yourself, and to your artwork, that you will paint a little everyday. Promise to not get too discouraged, be too hard on yourself, or quit. Just do it because you love to create, and know that your skills will improve with time. Be patient, be positive, and be present!