A Jerry’s Online Street Team Art Project with Vicki Gould

Professional Painter Vicki Gould uses SoHo Urban Artist Oil Colors to create a gorgeous, realistic tiger!

In her Artist Spotlight, we introduced Vicki Gould, an award-winning oil painter. From her experience, she finds that no other oil paints out SoHo Urban Artist Oil Colors for her style of painting. SoHo Oil colors provide a smooth color application and a soft, even consistency. They are a great paint to start learning with and perfect for painters on a budget. 


Vicki Gould didn’t have the chance to try SoHo oil paints until recently. Vicki found them to be very smooth and needing very little medium. The color and saturation is better than most oils and at a much better value. Vicki likes to promote art in her community with the students and women in the area. When Vicki moved to the rural Kentucky countryside she wasn’t sure she would find any arena for promoting art. However, what she found was that the community was abundant with artists, from folk to sculpture to fine art. Several of the community leaders have made great efforts in promoting all local artists and as a result the FEAT (Foothills Eco-Agri Tourism) organization was developed.

Laurel Gorge became an outlet for the sale of of art and has helped people recognize the talent located within our community. Vicki enters her paintings in local art shows and has sold several to local businesses. As a young child she had great interest in drawing and would add her own drawings to her school work. Vicki put aside her interest in drawing to raise a family and with much encouragement she decided to try moving forward from drawing to painting. She joined several other artists in the studio of Keith Klein where she honed her skills and shared techniques with the group. Vicki has donated works to auction for charity. She believes in community service and is an advocate for the art community. 

Materials needed for this project from SoHo Oil Colors:

  • Burnt Sienna
  • Red Orange
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Gamboge
  • Lamp Black
  • Zinc White
  •  Fredrix Canvas 16×20
  • Oil Brushes
  • Palette Knife

Step 1

Transfer onto canvas, I use several reference pictures to determine perspective and placement. I usually draw my image directly on the canvas. But you can use tracing paper or a graft. Once I have placed my image where I would like it I can start filling in the image.



Step 2


I started with the eyes and worked from there filling in the face and torso. I used SoHo Oil Paints Burnt Sienna, Red Orange and Gamboge mixed to make the body color and SoHo Lamp Black for the stripes and ears. 



Step 3

After you finish covering the torso, you can paint the background. I find a dark or black background can bring out the colors much better than a jungle theme. I used SoHo Lamp Black for the background and found it goes on very smooth and doesn’t look dusty or dried out when it dries.


Step 4

Now I started to paint in the stripes and start to refine the eyes and around the mouth. Now I need to set the painting aside to dry so the black wont bleed into my other colors when doing the fur.





Step 5

In this step you will refine to color by using White, Burnt Sienna, Yellow, Red, and Yellow Ochre. I use a fan brush to help get the feathered look of fur. I also placed the whiskers and improved the eye structure. I also touched up the background. All that is left to do is let it dry and follow up with a retouch varnish of your choice. Then, all you need to do is find the perfect frame!



This painting came together extremely well! Try it yourself with SoHo Urban Artist Oil Colors and let us know how it comes out! 


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