Thursday, June 5, 2008

EDM #171 - Draw Some Ice Cream


I painted this bowl of ice cream from life. In Texas, in summer, this is truly a challenge. I first sketched the empty bowl. I then put the ice cream in. I painted 10 minutes from life, then put the bowl and ice cream in the freezer. I painted from memory for a while, until I got the bowl out from the freezer and repeated the whole process. Even with this procedure, the ice cream melted a little and as a result shifted and changed appearance as I painted. I hate it when models can't stand still!

I am really enjoying painting in oils. In June, I am challenging myself to paint 20 small oil paintings of simple objects. With work and kids, I don't think I can paint daily. But I can paint almost every day. Since it is summer, there is no homework in the evenings, which frees up some of my time. I'll see if I improve by painting frequently.

6 comments:

studio lolo said...

That's quite the challenge Laurel, 20 paintings! You're off to a wonderful start!

Peggy Fussell said...

I love the creaminess of this painting! And the colors are lovely. Good luck with your challenge. It's a good one!

Karen Winters said...

Good job - quickly drawing ice cream is one thing, but painting it is quite the challenge!


I hope you have fun in keeping up a regular painting practice!

caseytoussaint said...

I love the frosty look of the bowl. Frame this and look at it on really hot days!

juj said...

love the muted color on this - and the story is great. I admire your tenacity trying to compete in the battle between Texas summer and frozen treat. A lesser woman would've taken a picture.

Laurel Neustadter said...

Thank you for the encouragement! juj: A greater woman would know how to use a digital camera :-)