First Oil Painting – Still Life

I have finished my first oil painting ever! It’s the first time I’ve done the whole process, from the arranging of the still life to the final touches, all by myself. I am quite proud! And so, here is my final first oil painting!

Still Life

Of course, I still have to learn loads (like how to draw drapes more realistically and how to make white objects look white without using white) but I think it turned out quite well.

On another note, I am leaving the U.S. in nine days (how sad it is…) so I may not have time to draw/upload anything for the mean time. I have finished that landscape I posted last time but I believe the camera has been packed. I’ll try to do some computer work, though.

So please do tell me, what do you think of this painting? And do you have any tips for a beginner?


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First Landscape Oil Painting (Work in Progress)

Today, I just finished my first landscape painting ever! And it’s my second oil painting! I went to the park to do it, so it’s kind of alla prima (but not quite). I admire those master artists who can finish it in one sitting. So, here it is:

First Landscape

I did the rocks with a palette knife, which was fun to do. I like the texture. It still needs a bit of work, but I wanted to show it to you :)

Oil is so fun!


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Oil Paints!!!

Amazing news alert: my wonderful aunt just gave me an almost unused set of oil paints! Along with some beautiful brushes and tins! This is my first set of oil paints ever and they work so well! I am amazed… It is so good that I must show you:

Oil paints!

Brushes, thinner, cans

And I was so excited that I tried painting this as soon as it arrived:

First try

It was my first time actually setting up a composition:

No one is allowed to touch!

No one is allowed to touch!

Oh my goodness I am so happy and hyper and *cries tears of joy*. Please excuse my girly grammar.


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Cornell Clock Tower – Pen Sketch

After wonderful encouragement from fellow bloggers, I’ve finally finished my first ever pen sketch. It turned out much better than I thought it would be. So before I continue with this post, I’d like to thank judywatson, delacybrown, and all others for giving me great advice and warm encouragement. Thank you!

The hatching is still slightly messy, but I love the overall effect of the pen. It’s just so… cool! And here it is:


And some previous sketching in preparation:


I’m so happy to have finally done a pen sketch! The picture is from this Wikipedia page.

And thanks once again to all of you who have given me tips and encouragement. I couldn’t have done this without you!


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A painting with no title

While looking through some of my old artwork, I found one of my first watercolor paintings! I’m quite proud of it, actually, as it took me a long time to finish. I thought I’d upload it here for you to see, perhaps to show my progress or something.

Flower, Horse, Shell

I think I did this one or two years ago. The date was on the bottom-right corner but it’s cut off in this photo and the original is not with me right now.

The thing is, I can’t come up with an apt title for this piece. It’s kinda still-life, but it kinda isn’t… If you have any ideas, please comment below!


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I’ve just come back from a trip to Los Angeles! It was really amazing: the weather was perfect, the sights were spectacular, and the people were so friendly! I’ll post at least some pictures sometime later this week (I’ve given up promising to write travel guides).

In the meantime, however, I looked at IF’s theme: Revenge. For no reason whatsoever, I came up with the illustration below. I don’t know why I thought of it. Blame the jetlag. It’s 2:47 a.m. in the middle of the night and I still can’t go to sleep! Aargh!


I tried using some perspective for the woman’s legs. It didn’t turn out too well (neither did the arms), but I’ll also blame the jetlag for that.

Did you get the pun in the title? I went on a trip, the guy is tripping the woman… yeah, I’m not good at jokes. Especially at this time.

Goodnight! (I hope…)


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Green Pumpkins

After buying pastels, I remembered that the only time I’d used them was for a quick sketch of an imaginary (and almost unidentifiable) field of flowers. I thought it was time to use them for a ‘real’ sketch.

My comfort zone seems to lie in natural objects so I decided to draw a fruit or vegetable. There was only this pumpkin in the kitchen so I managed to steal it before my mom ate it. And, here it is:


I really like pastels! It’s like charcoal, but with color! I did this piece in several layers using fixative and it gives a nice noise effect, like on Photoshop. This also coincides with IF’s theme: Natural. I have a lot of natural pieces but I’ll just upload the most recent. Too bad I can’t upload multiple entries; I would have liked to share my GCSE work.

I would love to hear some pastel tips from you masters. :) Please comment below!


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