Over the next month, I will be integrating this blog into my official fionaverdouw.com website. It will no longer be published on this platform, but it will still exist! Just conveniently closer to where all the Fiona Verdouw Art action is. So for those of you who enjoy a regular splash of Fiona Verdouw with … More Important information for my readers:
Call me changeable, fickle, inconsistent… I’ll even accept contradictory – because this week, after singing the praises of painting small, I am extolling the benefits of up-sizing your artworks and painting large. >> READ MORE HERE
This is a post my teachers would probably disagree with. My painting teacher always told me to work large. The theory behind this is simple: Working at a larger scale with larger brushes helps a beginner to paint a little more loosely, and hopefully not get too bogged down with the details. It can also … More Painting Small v. Painting Large – A beginners tip, Part 1
When do you know that the painting you’re working on is complete? I was asked this question recently, and I remember asking the same thing of my oil painting teacher. She replied a little wryly with a paraphrase of a quote attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci: “A painting is never finished, only abandoned.” At the … More How can you tell when a painting is finished?
As I continue to explore the Ordinary in Nature, I can’t get past leaves. Perhaps this is because I have been hesitantly building up to painting this particular piece. Because it comes from a very personal place, I really wanted to do it well. So I’ve been taking my time in getting to it. This … More When in doubt, start small.
It’s been a while in the making, but today’s the day I make good on that promise to explain how I construct the frames for my paintings. It’s a long, but picture-filled post, so sit yourself comfortably – and don’t fret: I’ve made a succinct, downloadable PDF of these instructions – for those of you … More How to make a gallery-style frame for your art, the Fiona Verdouw way.
If you’re experiencing a strange sense of de-ja-vu with this post, it’s probably because the following painting is a twin to the last toilet paper piece I did. That’s right, I did that cheeky double-whammy thing I sometimes do and I painted the same still life set up from two angles. (Anything to save me … More More rock than roll: This painting took patience and then some.