Posts Tagged ‘bucket’


From the Classroom – Bucket with Apples

April 1, 2019

Quick demonstrations for my Open Oil Studio students. Too many students spend too much time trying to get each and every stroke “perfect”. Unlike watercolors or acrylics, oil paints allow manipulation long after being applied to the canvas.

Bucket with Apples – Direct Painting – Oil on Gessoed Paper – 8″ x 6″

After using my palette knife to create some piles of colors, I applied paint with the intention of getting as much area covered as quickly as possible. I also aimed to minimize “fiddling” with the strokes until I had color applied to the entire design. This particular design required less than seven minutes to apply this initial block in.

I did add someĀ  Bucket with Apples – Tone and Remove – Oil on Gessoed Paper – 8″ x 6″

In this second demonstration, I applied a very fast, loose, thin application of burnt sienna to tone the canvas. While this initial application was wet, I utilized a paper towel and mineral spirits to draw the design onto the canvas by removing some of the burnt sienna. Again, a very easy way to quickly establish the design and enable students to spend time refining their paintings rather than laboring over with their works. In this example, after I had the initial design mapped out, I did add some dark tones to help the shadowed areas and a little bit of white to help establish the light on the table top.


Apples on Bucket

November 24, 2016
Apples on Bucket - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Apples on Bucket – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Happy Thanksgiving. Be thankful for all that you have because all that you have may be somebody’s fantasy.

For the next few weeks, I will be posting images of paintings available from my studio on a Facebook site – “Tom Linden Fine Art”. This may aid Christmas gift ideas.




June 5, 2013
Apples 413; Oil on Canvas Panel

Apples 413; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

Working on ideas for an upcoming competition. Using apples for the props, I played with a couple ideas.

On Apples 413, I used a photograph. I finished the painting using a palette knife to “smear” paint onto the apples and pail. It added an interesting burst of more pure color.

On Apples 513, I set up apples and did it plein air. I rearranged the placement of the apples and light source. I finished the work by using green, the compliment of red, to complete the background. The application of the complimentary color helps add “pop” to the red of the apples.

Apples 513; Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Apples 513; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″