Watermelon oil painting on copper by Gayle Madeira

“Watermelon Summer” was completed at the end of the summer of 2016. It is 11″x14″ and was done using Rublev oil paint (available at https://www.naturalpigments.com). You can see more of my work at http://fineart.gaylemadeira.com

I bought the copper from www.onlinemetals.com. To learn how to paint with oil on copper, check out artist Candice Bohannon’s article here: http://www.artistsnetwork.com/articles/art-demos-techniques/how-to-paint-on-copper-preparing-copper-plate

Copper is one of the most stable surfaces for oil painting because it doesn’t expand or contract very much over time. Copper is also very interesting for oil paintings because of the way that light passes through the paint layers, bounces off the substrate, and then comes back out. With a painting on copper, the copper can be allowed to peek through in places, or provide warmth through the paint in others. In general it imparts a lovely warm glow to the painting throughout. I made this little video to show everyone how that looks close up. I pointed out a couple of places where the copper is showing, but you can see it coming through in other places as well.

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