Sandy Nelson has been a professional artist for many years. She studied Fine Art and painting at the University of KY and the Scottsdale Art School. Her portraits and landscapes have been accepted to national juried competitions from Maine to California, many winning national awards. Her work is included in over 60 corporate and museum collections and is also included in two 2011 books, Best of America: Oil Artists and 100 Southern Artists. Check out Sandy's Artist Spotlight blog post on the JerrysArtarama.com blog to learn more about her work and her new gallery opening this summer in Wilmington, NC!
Featuring LUKAS 1862 Artists' Oil Colors
By Sandy Nelson, professional artist, art instructor and gallery owner
For years before moving to the coast, I would dream all winter about walking the beach. While on vacation at the beach, my favorite time was Sunday mornings when there were fewer people and strolling along the wave edge was a zen experience. That feeling is what I attempted to show in my painting, "Sunday Morning." I chose a vertical (36x24") format for the composition so that I could concentrate on the figure without the painting becoming a "seascape." The small dog was added to give life and playfulness to the scene.
I wanted the painting to have interesting textures for a feeling of sand and waves, so a medium texture canvas and LUKAS oil paints were the perfect combo. LUKAS has such great paint body, they can be either smooth or chunky and I find the versatility a great thing to work with. Their spectral range is sumptuous and while there's not a lot of bright color in the painting, it still feels warm and sunny.
My LUKAS 1862 oil palette for "Sunday Morning" was:
- Cerulean Blue
- Lemon Yellow
- Ivory Black
- Cobalt Blue
- Cadmium Red Light
- Cold Grey
- Cobalt Green
- Yellow Ochre
- Cobalt Violet Hue
- Emerald Green
- Naples Yellow Reddish
In addition, I use Permalba White, which I find is the most versatile white for the way I work.
After loosely mapping out the figures, I painted the background in, keeping it tonal to make the figure shine. Lastly, the foreground was laid in with the reflections.
I was pleased with the way the painting came together and decided to enter it in the Jerry's Artarama LUKAS painting competition. A few days later when I was checking my email, I found a message from Michael Marchetta, Director of Marketing for Jerry's asking if the image might be used in their summer catalog. What a pleasant surprise that was! There was zero hesitation on my part! I replied to the email that I'd be delighted! It's a great compliment to have others enjoy our work... Thank you Jerry's for the opportunity to share "Sunday Morning."
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