I am always on the look out for original oil paintings when I'm out thrift shopping. There are certain kinds I like... landscapes, flowers, or portraits mainly. I love to use them in different ways around our house, but often they are not in the best shape when I pick them up. Usually dull with age, dirty and dusty. I picked this landscape painting up for $10 and thought it would look nice over our dining room buffet (yes, that where the girl used to be... as much as I loved it, it was time to change things up). I definitely wanted to brighten the piece up a little, it's the first thing you see when you walk in to our house. Brighter and happier, that's what I was aiming for.
After thoroughly cleaning the wooden frame and painting itself, I gathered some of my brightest neon acrylic paints and several small-sized brushes to add some bright details all over the painting. My inspiration was artist Nathan Solano. I am familiar with his work through my in-laws. A lot of his paintings start with a base of a vivid color, such as a red, and then the piece is painted and layered over it-
"The Chalk Cliffs" by Nathan Solano
You can see where I'm adding in some "Luminous Yellow" here...
And some more luminous yellow and a little "luminous red"...
I did some broad strokes through the cloud/sky area in a neony yellow (watered down at first, until I got the effect I liked. From there I got a bit bolder because I was really liking the effect.
The photos don't quite capture the full effect, but this painting is definitely cheerful and happy now!