Thursday, 17 April 2014

Contemporary Abstract Winter Landscape Painting- "DUSK ON THE HILLS II" by Cristina Del Sol

This morning while drinking my caffe latte, gessoed quite a few of my cradle wood panels, no idea what to paint, but it felt so good and exciting to start new paintings.  I’ve had the pent-up desire to do some new art for several days now.
I have been finishing quite a few works lately, putting the last layers, a few more touch-ups or top coatings, but nothing new.

 Today is one of those gorgeous, cold days, with beautifully budding trees and flowers starting to bloom, the birds singing but still a little too cold. I had enough of cold weather, better stay inside painting all day. Gardening will have to wait.

I posted a new contemporary winter landscape in my website, done with oils, marble dust and cold wax. It took quite a while, waiting for all the layers to dry.
You can see it here: "DUSK ON THE HILLS II"

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

FINE ART VIEWS- Informed Collector Recommends: Cristina Del Sol

DUMPSTER DIVING I: WASTE MANAGEMENT CEO by Cristina del Sol (shown below) was selected as FAV 15% in the February 2014 BoldBrush Painting Competition.Cristina Del Sol - Canvoo Focal Point

I am pleased to announce I was selected to be featured in the Informed Collector newsletter by Fine Art Views.
To read more about it please go to FINE ART VIEWS

Monday, 14 April 2014


Well, I have decided to start writing and posting my small work again. Got quite a few emails from my followers and they miss my posts.
Is nice to hear.

I have been doing quite a few exercises in automatic-free painting and drawing, in the abstract  impressionistic style, with limited colours in Strathmore 300 series Bristol artist paper.

Some nice compositions appeared along the way, which I will keep, probably to sell on eBay or my Etsy shop, soon to be open. Have not decided yet about Etsy.

These abstract “automatic” doodling exercises tap into your unconscious igniting creativity.

I have decided to call this collection "HAIGA".
Haiga is a Japanese concept for simple pictures combined with poetry, usually meaning haiku. In Basho's time, haiga meant a brushed ink drawing combined with one of his single poems handwritten as part of the picture. In our day and age, haiga can be watercolor paintings, photographs or collages with a poem of any genre that is integrated into the composition. Sometimes the poem is handwritten or it can be computer generated, depending on the artist's taste.
Actually, I had a collector visit my studio to pick up a painting, who fell in love with one of these paintings and bought it on the spot. 
One of those magical days.

© Cristina Del Sol
"HAIGA #1"- Acrylic on A 12"x 12" Strathmore 300 series Bristol Vellum artist paper. Sold.

"In my life,
trying to find simplicity."

Friday, 4 April 2014

Contemporary Raven Painting- RAVEN SELFIE II- Oil and Cold Wax by Cristina Del Sol

The second whimsical "Raven Selfie" painting is also done. Using "Dorlands' Cold Wax Medium" with my oils really speeds up the drying time.
To see the new painting got to my Website

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Contemporary Raven Painting- "RAVEN SELFIE"- Oil & Cold Wax by Cristina Del Sol

My new whimsical raven painting is finally done!. Is been on the easel for about a month, waiting for all the layers of oil and wax to dry to continue building the highlights, but it was worth the effort.
It was done mostly with a palette knife, just the beak and the eyes had to be finished with a soft brush.
Visit my Website to see it.

Monday, 31 March 2014


The “painting a day” movement exploded onto the Internet quite a while ago, creating an interesting and important movement as far as opening the world/web to the artist and developing a market for inexpensive original art.
This practice spread because artists can, by avoiding dealing with galleries, keep art affordable for collectors and build a fan-base by posting everyday in their blogs.
And it also forces the artists to paint more often giving them an instant audience to hold them accountable to the promise of painting every day.

But...sometimes I wonder if anyone feels a bit trapped by this "Daily Painting Movement" like when I started to feel pressured to keep most of my paintings small and work quickly to be able to post "almost everyday".

It's a good thing to paint everyday, be able to simplify, and having to learn to finish up quickly can help everyone's work.

I wonder if this practice of Daily Painting encourages superficiality and mediocrity.  

Sometimes I found myself trying to rush just so I would have something to post...but since I suffer from "detailitis" and some of my paintings required many layers, even on small work, I got frustrated because the "painting a day" was not going with what "others" were saying it was supposed to be.

So, I definitely think it can be a little stifling.
After a while I had mostly smaller work and tons of large supports laying around, waiting to be used.

Also, if you want to continue all your life painting small and selling it yourself through the internet (which is harder these days) and don't bother with galleries, is OK.

I can see these days a lot of artists churning out mediocre work just for the sake of having to post, without any real meaning or feeling behind it.
It is like having a factory job.

This movement became all about consumption, merchandising, marketing and mass production.

I can see more quality work being mass produced from the "Oil Painting Village of Darfin" in China than from this "Daily Painting" bombardments. 
It has become a fast-food, quick-fix painting approach.  

Visiting some of the "Daily Painting" sites one can see, for example, a well executed pear painting by a well established artist and in the next few days...lots of mediocre and poorly done pear paintings! 
I don't think there is anything wrong about daily, weekly, fast or slow painting as long as each artist is following his inner vision instead of someone else's.

Painting a day should be a practice, not an output.

So...I have pulled back  from this daily painting blog posting, which it took quite a bit of time and created some "what I am going to post today" stress.

I now have a decent body of large quality paintings to take to a gallery and some smaller ones, which were done following my inner vision with patience.
No rush to post on my website. 

In my world, art takes time, is done with love and is a constant process of applying paint and then responding to it, even when painting a pear...