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Please, give it a name!
April 06, 2016

Table of Contents

* Give it a Name

* How to paint a Daisy

* Art Instruction

* Latest New Work

* My New FaceBook page!

Here's your latest edition of Easy Oils Blast! A blast of new information, paintings and demonstrations in oil painting.

So lets get started with some really great information!

Please, give it a name!

You've worked so hard, hours upon hours on this painting, a piece of your soul is within it, yet, you can't think of a title.

Don't take the easy route and stick that "untitled" mark on this important work.

Yes, your work is important, and really deserves an appropriate title.

Follow the link to see the multitude ways in which you can come up with a fantastic title for your artwork.

The article gives you idea after idea on how to come up with a title no matter the style, medium, or subject.

Bookmark the page for future reference if you get stuck again too!

Title your painting

The landscape below could have been a difficult painting to name. It's of a typical sunrise here at our local Smith Mountain Lake.

What first caught my eye was the pinks in the cloud cover, and thus began the quest to capture this beautiful scene on canvas.

Those rolling pink clouds reminded me so much of a carnival favorite food of my kids, and "Cotton Candy Sunrise" was born!

Take your time and take notes! A great title can be the difference in a sale too. "Untitled" just doesn't do it for anybody, including your clients!

Paint a Daisy

With Spring going at full blast, tulips, iris, crocus, are the first to peep out and show their wonder.

The next will be the Daisy.

Why not have a canvas prepped and ready to go once they begin to appear!

Here's a great article on how to approach the Daisy in your next painting.

How to paint a daisy

Art Instruction

So, how often do you purchase art instruction or are you at a level on competence that you feel you need no more help?

Me? I actually budget for art instruction throughout the year. My recent purchases included an $80 plus video on painting figurative works which I'm exploring and loving every minute of it!

(See my painting below, "Sisters Wedding")

Why? I enjoy expanding my knowledge base.

Though my style of painting is realism, exploring other avenues of expression makes for a stronger painter. It's surprising when in problem occurs for a particular passage, yet the answer comes from something I have just recently learned.

Have you been riding the fence?

Really, how can you get better if you are practicing old methods? It's like the old golf pro said, practice, (in the case of golf) can only make you better at screwing up if you don't have the correct swing in the first place.

One of the best packages that explain a detailed and step by step approach in achieving realism in your oil paintings is right here.

For less money than a dinner on the town which is consumed and you feel hungry again later, you can have a library of instruction that shows a timeless method of oil painting!

And when it comes to mixing your paints and finding the right colors for a painting, here's the best color instruction ever!

Mastering Color Lessons.

You can check out my review of his coarse right here: Color Course Review

Of course, in the painting above, I had to include my favorite subject! Flowers!

I would ask this of you. With each of my paintings, there is a little story behind it. The reason or the circumstance that went into it's creation.

If you take the time to read these short stories, you will invariably get a glimpse into the life and times of a baby boomer coming of age, and with his faith, the loves of his life, and his continued love of his craft, perhaps glean some of the wisdom and enjoy a bit of his wit as he paints his life around him.

Wow, maybe I should add that last statement to my bio!

Click the link below to see these newest paintings. Delmus Phelps Fine Art site

Something I forget to mention. With opening a new studio, I also had to get rid of my antique star trek flip phone for a new modern smart phone.

Because its a smart phone it had this cool little camera. And with it, I click a lot of pictures.

I do post a great deal of what I'm actually doing in the studio/gallery daily! So follow along with me to see new work as it happens.

Follow me on INSTAGRAM "@delmus_phelps_fine_art" to see some of those pictures as I work.

Sorry for all the underscores. I'm a baby boomer, and once I set up the account, my kids reminded me of what a pain it is to add those underscores to find me. I then reminded them they hey, follow me, and you won't have to keep typing that mess in. I'll just appear in your feed.

They were impressed.

Who said you can't teach an ol dog new tricks?

New Paintings Email Signup

I have a new website dedicated to just my new paintings! I also have a blog about those paintings, and the story behind their creation. Please join me in signing up for this email/newletter that will keep you posted of my latest works!

Click here to jump over and sign up!

As always, I promise no spam, just beautiful paintings and why I painted them. (And sometimes the "how" I painted them)

My New FaceBook page! Pinterest?, Facebook? Twitter? and all that jazz!

I've created a new Facebook Page! Would you come and see it? It's all about my new paintings and my travels in creating them. I hope you will join me! Just "like" the page to have my new works added to your Facebook timeline or news-feed.

This really is a great resource, as I find new techniques and other interesting art, I will post them to the Facebook Page. And of course, more of my hillbilly humor is thrown in for free!

Delmus Phelps Fine Art facebook page

What are they all about? This is a social media site similar to facebook, or tweeter, but it's based on images only. This is an artist's dream! Soooo many pictures, but not enough time to see them all.

The buttons above send you to my page, but once your registered, you'll have your own page to set up and start collecting your favorite images!

If you really like a painting or image found on the site (Easy Oil Techniques), feel free to push that little button underneath the image!

It will post the image to the Pinterest site. You do need to go through a simple registration process, but you will not be disappointed. The pictures available are simple amazing and will truly get your creative juices flowing with ideas for your next painting project!

Facebook Like it please!

Don't forget the great addition to the site is the Facebook application!

If you're a Facebook Fan, then you'll appreciate this. You can "like" a page, and comment on it's contents so your Facebook friends can see what all the hub-bub is about, and where you spend your valuable hours learning on how to paint great things!

Spread the word! Click on the like buttons and give me your comments on the site! You don't even have to leave the site, it's all right there for your convenience.

And our readers love 'em!

Also, in the upper right hand corner of most pages, you can find my Facebook page, and follow along activities that I post in-between ezine issues.

I'm now on Twitter! I find that if you reply to me rather then direct message (DM), I'll be able to find you easier. I get so much spam these days, I rarely check my direct messages in twitter any longer.

You can follow me, and I'll follow you back, but do reply to me that you are following so's I can follow you back! just tweet an "@delmus" in your tweet box!

Follow me on Twitter

Well I hope the information was useful to you. Future ezines will be in a similar format, just different information.

Let me know what you think! Have I helped you in any way? Twitter me, or drop me an email. I would love to see some of your work!

Till next time!

This is Delmus Phelps wishing you a happy painting day!


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