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The Underpainting, why even bother?
January 22, 2016

Table of Contents

* The Underpainting

* Latest studio blog and Instagram!

* Color

* New Paintings Email Signup

* My New FaceBook page!

* Christmas sales about done.

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!

The Underpainting

After opening my studio last month, I was peppered with questions from visitors about my process. Now, as most know, I love talking about how I paint, and this particular subject came up in several of the conversations. Why bother with all this under-painting stuff when you are just gonna cover it up any way.

I then showed them some small works done in a more direct painting method, and those using the underpaintings. Most would agree, the 7 layered paintings had more depth, a richer tone in the shadows, and seemed to have more presence. Several folks commenting on how vibrant the colors were, and how did that happen. Again, I pointed to the under-layers as the secret. Learn more here:The Brown or Umber Underpainting.

Latest studio blog and Instagram!

We southerners can get nuts when snow is in the forecast. Why? Well, we don't see it as often as in older times. Yea, I know, you're tired of hearing your elders say, "when I was young, I walked five miles through that stuff to get to school!" Problem is, it was truth.

Now a days, we get into our comfy 4x4 suv's and trudge the store for that gallon of milk and loaf of bread we should have gotten 2 days ago when the weather man was frothing at the mouth because of the "s" word. Then we act like hero's of a mission accomplished. (yep, thats me)

I'm just thankful I live in a time and place where this is an issue. And not from the lack of clean water, or bullets flying through our walls because the local militia is fighting some obscure drug cartel or religious jihads with rags on their heads because they think their religion is the only thing the world must follow.

For me, it's just a bit of downtime and catch up on emails, blogs and newsletters that need to be done. So with that, here's whats been happening at my studio.

A short film reflecting on 2015, for my customers!

2015 thank-you video 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.

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?


After completing this recent painting on Van Gogh Sunflowers, I keep coming back to the fact that COLOR is the major factor in a painting. Richard Robinson has such a fantastic color guide, and he's running some Christmas sales, so do check these out.

Mastering Color Lessons.

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

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!

Christmas sales about done.

I can't tell you how many times folks send me emails concerning how this instruction has helped them paint better. Just checking out the section for "Your Paintings" that are filled with first timers really can show the power of the technique. Not many other art instruction sites do this. If you've been sitting on the fence, start painting better now! Click the image below.

Don't wait to long, as my sales just don't stay up too long. Christmas Sale is now on! 30% off all instructional eBooks and DVD

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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