From Our Backyard

October 15, 2011

Today I was blessed with several hours with nothing planned...

so I headed outdoors to do my first oil and first en plein air painting.

Isn't the view from our backyard gorgeous?

My sweet painting set-up

I recently began an oil painting in my art class, but one hour a week is precious little time for a painting! So today I found an unopened set of oil paints that I had gotten when I was ten (the prospect of using turpentine scared me away from oils) and opened them up for the first time.

The painting didn't turn out the way I wanted, and I am completely humbled by artists who can create masterpieces using oil paints. I have a lot to learn. I finally decided that if I touched the canvas, I was going to completely mess it up. So I'm calling it an "impressionistic" painting and leaving it as is.

My seven year old sister came and painted with me (she used acrylics). I left her to her own devices... she only came to ask for help with making mixing a "light green that's not yellow." Isn't her treeline cute?

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  1. Lovely job, Shaylynn! It reminds me of all the fun we had in your back yard that one day we all played dress up at your house. :)

  2. Great painting, what a beautiful location to paint in, my grandma paints with oils very nicely, I tried it many years ago, and would love to take it up again as well. How sweet that your sister painted along side of you :) Visiting from The Autumn Blog Hop. ~April

  3. I'm trying to just figure out colour, so I'm impressed with your oil painting. I'm mucho better at charcoal, which I utterly ADORE! :)

  4. wow its realy beautiful! if you dont mind me asking, how long did it take to dry?

  5. Thanks everyone!

    Jessie-- of course I don't mind you asking! The answer is that I've no idea how long it takes to dry. It's been two days and the painting is still wet. :P

  6. It looks like you meant it to be impressionistic, to me! It's pretty. :)

    By the way, I awarded you the Stylish Blogger award. :D I hope you haven't gotten it before!

    - Victoria (

  7. Shaylynn, it's so goregous. Your artisic talents blow me away. :)

  8. Gorgeous job! Really beautiful!

  9. Fantastic picture...your little sisters painting is great too. :)


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