Nature Artwork

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A place for you to share your work & techniques relating to nature, wildlife, landscapes, ocean art, floral/botanical art, outer space art, and any other art inspired by the natural environment.


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  • Please keep all discussions relevant to portraying nature in all its many forms.
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Discussion Forum

Still Waters in a Summers Night

Started by Richard Giordano Aug 28. 0 Replies

I went north for the camping weekend back in August where I created a sketch during the day and wanted to see how it would look at night under a dark sky? So I cam e up with this in white conte crayon on black pastel paper and you can see the…READ MORE

Country Storm

Started by Richard Giordano Aug 28. 0 Replies

This was something I created while on a bus ride from work. It was done in pen and on regular blank copy paper.It is simple and quick as the bus ride was not that long!Fortunately, I came prepared with an umbrella...…READ MORE

painting looser

Started by Kenn Jozwiak. Last reply by Stephanie Rubin Aug 31, 2017. 3 Replies


Bald Eagle

Started by J Shaver Apr 20, 2017. 0 Replies

Painting completed in acrylics, November 2016 from photograph taken by husband.READ MORE


Started by Jenny Lynn. Last reply by Barbara McEwen Feb 19, 2016. 2 Replies


Wedge-tailed Eagle

Started by Carole M.. Last reply by Carole M. Jan 26, 2016. 1 Reply

Taken from a photo I'd taken when at Lamington N.P, Qld some time back; was a struggle-street project, and at times I didn't think I'd…READ MORE

a sketch with soft pastel sticks

Started by Carole M.. Last reply by Carole M. Oct 14, 2015. 2 Replies started with graphite and…READ MORE

Tags: sticks, sketch, pastel, pigeon, crested

Dull Shreaks on Acrylic Painted Surfaces

Started by Calvin S.Clarke. Last reply by Judie Martinez Jul 13, 2015. 5 Replies

  Hi, this is my first time posting as a new member of this community. I am returning to art after some years of not doing any work. I often had the unfortunate experience where after completely covering a surface with acrylics these dull shreaks…READ MORE

Landscape diptych or tiptych

Started by Barbara McEwen. Last reply by Sandy Taylor Jun 2, 2015. 3 Replies

One of my next acrylic classes we are doing a landscape diptych or triptych. Does anyone have some inspiration for me to look at? I am thinking I will try to keep it simple since I am more of a beginner, maybe a prairie type landscape but any…READ MORE


Started by Sandy Taylor. Last reply by Sandy Taylor Jun 1, 2015. 2 Replies

HiMy name is Sandy new to Art Colony and this group, I am a 68 yr old grandmother of four started doing art about 15 yrs ago when I retired and still love it and still learning hope to make friends with other art people to share art work,tips,and…READ MORE

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Comment by Alan Minshull on February 6, 2012 at 11:32am

Hi Everyone and to all the newest members of the Nature artwork group a HUGE WELCOME!! its great to see the numbers swell here and we seem to be one of the most popular groups. Keep sharing the great artwork and coloring our world.

I try my best to get online as much as I can now yet I'm now working full time in my art and time is not my friend, constantly rushed to get new pieces out. I wish you all the greatest success and the ART COLONY is one of the best sites on the internet. All my happiness. Alan :)

Comment by Margaret Hamm (Maggie) on January 22, 2012 at 6:16am

Good job on the water painting.....Maggie

Comment by Dignity on June 25, 2011 at 7:30pm
Thanks Jenifer, I'll try on Masonite now thanks 4 ur help :)
Comment by Jenifer Nadira Knight on June 25, 2011 at 3:10pm
Tehreem, you can find something called "masonite" at Home Depot, or in lumber stores.  It's flat pieces of board.  Actually, it's not really board, it's TINY pieces of wood glued together to form a sort of smooth board.  You can buy it in large sheets and have them cut it into small pieces for you at a minimal charge.  Some stores will cut it up for you for free.  I've never had to pay to have it cut up.  You can get 'tempered' or 'untempered', it doesn't matter.  Then when you have your piece of masonite all ready, you sand it with a fine grit sandpaper on BOTH sides.  Then apply GESSO to each side, one coat at  a time.  Apply one coat of gesso (mix it with water for a nice even consistency - not too thick, not too runny), let that one coat DRY thoroughly, sand it slightly, then reapply your 2nd coat of gesso.  Again, let that dry and sand again.  Keep doing this until you have 3 or 4 coats of gesso nicely applied and sand for the required smoothness.  If you opt not to sand, you will get a sort of slightly gritty surface to paint on.  Some people like to paint on a gritty surface.  That's a personal choice thing.  What the gesso does, is 'seal' the surface of the board so you can paint on it without the paint absorbing into the masonite.  Gesso is great stuff.  I don't know if you've ever worked with it before, but it can also be used to paint with instead of titanium white.  You'll find the MASONITE to be tons cheaper than using your good, expensive canvas.  Save your canvas until you've pretty much mastered oils and are ready to tackle the painting of your dreams.  Hope this helps!
Comment by Dignity on June 25, 2011 at 11:58am
Thanks Jenifer, Now i am having another problem i.e I used to paint on card papers when i used poster paints and right now it is my starting with oils and i actually make a lot of mistakes and in this case i can not waste a great deal of canvas that is very costly in this case to me can you guide me what else can i use other than canvas
Comment by Jenifer Nadira Knight on June 22, 2011 at 8:28pm
Sandy, I forgot to answer the part of your question on 'varnishing'.  Your best bet would be to ask our Thaneeya that question.  I haven't got a clue about which varnish to use.  However, from what I've read, varnishing is highly recommended for oil and acrylic paintings.  Over time, if unvarnished, paintings attract dust and debris from the air and over time, it can discolor your paintings and dull their brilliancy.  And the longer you leave them exposed unprotected to air, it'll be more difficult to clean them, when you finally get around to cleaning them.  So your best bet would be - yes - to varnish your paintings.
Comment by Jenifer Nadira Knight on June 22, 2011 at 7:36pm
Actually, Sandy, a lot of what you mentioned, depends on the 'brand' of oil paints you used.  I tried using W&N (Winsor&Newton) oils one time and I found them way too runny for my purpose.  I tried them accidentally, because I was vacationing in Michigan, USA, and couldn't find my personal preference of oil paint.  My personal preference is "Old Holland".  They are nice and thick, heavy bodied paints which perform extremely well for me.  I am happy with "Old Holland".  They're a bit on the pricey side, however, I've had tubes of "Old Holland" oil paint since 1989 and they're still usable today!  Yes, they cost a bit more than the average oil paint, but you get more for your money in the long run and they last longer.
Comment by Sandy Hall on June 22, 2011 at 7:22pm

Thanks Jennifer for answering Tehreem's question about oils. I , too, am new to oils.  I did use linseed oil but mixed it with the paints and it seemed to make  the paint too runny. But since I'm a novice I had no idea about ratios.  I'll try the oil on the surface first. Since I probably used so much linseed oil it took weeks for the painting to dry. I've only done one painting so far.  Should it be varnished and if so what kind of varnish.


Comment by Jenifer Nadira Knight on June 22, 2011 at 5:00pm
You might want to try "cold pressed linseed oil".  Try this technique, take a clean brush and brush on some linseed oil over the area you wish to paint, then take that same brush, WITHOUT adding more linseed oil, dip that brush into your paints, then paint into that 'wet spot' of linseed oil you just brush on.  You're going to get a soft smoothness when you do that.  You could mix your paints with linseed oil ahead of time but that's not going to give you the same effect.  However, there are times you will want to pre-mix your paints with linseed oil before you paint. Now, what you ought to know about using "cold pressed linseed oil" with your oil paints, is that your paints will take longer to dry.  For instance, if I use "titanium white", that takes 2-3 days to dry thoroughly before I can paint over it.  Other colors, like burnt umber, may take a few hours or up to a day to completely dry.  If you want to speed up your oil paints drying, here's an old secret - use "liquin".  Liquin can be used instead of linseed oil and what it does, it speeds up your drying.  Experiment and see what you come up with, using both liquin AND cold pressed linseed oil.
Comment by Dignity on June 22, 2011 at 7:59am
thanks, I wanted to ask a question actually I used  poster paints in may art work but now I wanted to use oil paints i am not getting one thing that in oil paints what should be used with paints instead of water as in poster paints. first I used varnish but it got thicker and thicker. Now I've heard that ppl use linseed oil with some other oil please guide me about this problem.....

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