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 16x20
  • 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! 



Acrylic Painter Vicki Gould in Jerry's Artist Spotlight

Introducing Vicki Gould

Vicki Gould was born and reared in southern, rural Indiana but has deep Kentucky roots. Her father's family was longtime residents of Carter County, Kentucky and her mother's family called Clay County, KY their home for many years. Vicki currently lives on a small hilltop farm in wester Elliot County where she enjoys tending chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and her beautiful Golden Retrievers. Vicki loves outdoor activities like fishing and simply admiring and enjoying the beauty of nature.

As a young child, Vicki had a 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. With her lifelong passion for drawing, her family and friends inspired and encouraged her to start drawing again.

 An Impressionistic Trail in Eastern Kentucky.

Getting Reintroduced to Art

While Vicki has loved drawing all her life, she only recently began painting about ten years ago. She started her painting under the tutelage of Keith Klein in his Florence, KY studio. Vicki works exclusively in oils and mostly enjoys painting in the Impressionist style. Monet and Renoir are among her favorite impressionists. Vicki also loves the paintings of Rembrandt and is overwhelmed by his technical flawlessness and his ability render subjects absolutely realistically.

Vicki loves painting with SoHo Urban Artist Oils. She just recently began painting with them, but has found them to be incredibly smooth with little need for additional mediums. SoHo Oil paints give her the color saturation and consistency to paint in either the realistic or impressionistic style. 


This painting is a still life in a realistic style.

 Awards and Acclaim

Vicki has been painting since 2001. She was won several ribbons in juried art shows having recently won Best of Show Non-Professional, in Morehead, KY. Although she did not initially think she would find any arenas promoting art in her rural area, she instead found an abundance of artists who specialize in everything from folk art to sculpture to fine art. She has been featured in the Art Center at Laurel Gorge and at the art gallery "Gemini" in Illinois. Vicki has paintings all over the United States and also in London, England and Moscow, Russia. Vicki is a member of the Tourism board, Women's club and Foothills Eco-Agri Tourism (FEAT). She also enjoys promoting art in her community with the students and women in the areas near her farm.

To see an example of Vicki's paintings and follow along with her step-by-step in an example of realism, check out her creation with Jerry's Online Street Team Art Project with Vicki Gould!


Banksy Ends his Takeover of the New York Art Scene

Better Out Than In, Banksy's NY residency ended Wednesday

Making news almost everyday for the last month, Banksy, the UK's most controversial artist over the last decade, ended his tour of New York on Wednesday. 

As we mentioned in an article at the beginning of the month, Banksy, an anonymous UK artist famous for exercising his beliefs that graffiti and street art is not vandalism but art, has been running around New York using the entire city as his installation and leaving his art on the walls out in public.

Banksy has been all over the news for the last month, from when he sold a bunch of his work on the sidewalk and very few people noticed him to when it was rumored he was arrested after he canceled one of his pieces, saying on his website "Today's art has been cancelled due to police activity." His work has been controversial and NY police were on the lookout for him, but did not manage to catch him or discover his identity over the last month. 

To find out more about his tumultuous trip through New York, you can see his website at but here are some of his highlights:



10/30/13 Yankee Stadium



10/15/13 Tribeca



10/13/13 Central Park 

Banksy posted on his site, "Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each."


10/17/13 Bed Stuy/Williamsburg


10/11/13 Meatpacking District

"The Siren of the Lambs. A slaughterhouse delivery truck touring the meatpacking district and then citywide for the next two weeks."


10/20/13 Upper West Side


Thanks Banksy for making NYC a little more interesting and life a little more artistic! For more information about Banksy's exploits in New York City, and to see more of his artwork, check out


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