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July 27, 2013

Table of Contents

* Artist trading cards and ACEO's.

* Chrysanthemum Starburst an award winner!

* Wet & Wild Dahlia, national juried exhibition.

* Jewels from your contributions.

* Color Mixing, some great information.

* Pinterest?

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

The summer is flying by, and before I get too busy with kids heading back to college, high-school, new military assignments and the fall gardening activities, I'll try to get you up to speed of some of the new things on the site.

I did put out a short blog entry but didn't save it as a full e- zine issue. It was mainly to announce the summer sale. If you see something in this issue you've seen before, my apologies. The Wet and Wild Dahlia was indeed a big hit, so I'll include it again here so folks in future can find it when looking at back issues.

So lets get into it!

Artist trading cards, ACEO's

Artist trading cards. Sort of like baseball cards, and just as collectable. ATC's are traded, ACEO (Art Cards editions and originals) are sold. I tell you, painting this small for me was a challenge as most of my work is on a slightly bigger scale.

See the article here: ATC's and ACEO's, what are they?

You can see a few of these demonstrated here: ACEO oil painting demos

Chrysanthemum Starburst an award winner!

Its official! This painting is now an award winner. Wow! You see, it's been a very long time since I've submitted my work to competitions and such. My business advisers said, "it's time", so, I did, and I'm super pleased with the results.

Awarded as "Best Floral Painting" WARM SPRINGS VALLEY GARDEN CLUB AWARD, at the annual Bath County Art Show. When dropping off my work and viewing the other pieces my first inclination was, "I aien't got a chance". The work submitted was really good, and I'm honored to now be viewed with such esteem.

The painting can be found here: Chrysanthemum Starburst at my Etsy Store It has some great close up shots of the work.

The demonstration for this painting can be found here: Flower Painting demonstration


Wet & Wild Dahlia, national juried exhibition.

Some more good news, this particular painting has been selected for inclusion in a national juried art show at the Bower Center in Bedford Virginia. It was featured in my latest blog post, but for those that missed it, here are the links:

Wet, Wild Dahlia It includes a speed video of the process, and some really nice music!

dahlia flower painting

Jewels from your contributions.

First timer with layered oil painting technique. As you know, I don't recommend delving into portraits for your first attempt in oil painting. But, in this case, I was wrong. Look at these amazing results!

First Timer Portraits!

You also find the link from here: Your oil paintings

We have a great question submitted here on the Frequent Questions page:
I hope I answered it well with the demonstration pictures. How to represent wrinkles in cloth.

And finally, a new contributor with a beautiful tribute painting to his Dad: Michael's tribute still life work

I would ask you to do a few things for me when you visit these links. Rate them and leave your comments, if they especially touch your heart, "Pin" them on Pinterest, and/or "Like" them with your Facebook button. I know the authors will greatly appreciate your feedback!

Color Mixing, some great information.

So many times, folks ask what would have the best impact on my paintings. Besides using the indirect painting method, the next thing I recommend is their use of color. Color is the NUMBER ONE factor used when a person purchases artwork. Subject matter comes 2nd! Get control of color, even a bad painting can become better!

Check out my thoughts here: Color Mixing Guide and create better works!

how to mix color

Pinterest fan base is amazing!

Don't get left behind. This is one of the fastest growing social media sites out there, and it's perfect for artists like you and me! You will find throughout the site a new button. They will look similar to one of these below:

Follow Me on Pinterest

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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