Sister Swirls
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Sister Swirls

This is an oil painting I did as a gift to my sister, which explains the colors I chose; since she wnated something bright. Her room is painted green, so I chose a bright blue and a dark purple paint on a white background. This is the second oil painting I have done. I thought, this time I would start off with something simple and abstract. My last oil piece was a bit complicated for the first time with oils, but it turned out fabulouse!! I got the idea of the swirls from the looking at images of ferns. Ferns send out new branches by unraveling from the center of the plant and then the leaves unravel from that. So I made to big swirls with a few smaller swirls branching off from them.
I also wanted to have a lot of texture to the piece. So I painted the background all white in thick paint, about 1/4 inch, in many opposing brush strokes to get the paint to really stand up. I then made the colored swirls, also real thick. It still seemed a bit plain so I took a small brush and made some smaller swirls in the white paint of the background. ( you may not be able to tell from the picture above, but if you view the larger image you can see in better detail )
It then sat on the back porch for about 2 months to dry. Even after that it was still a bit tacky. I later learned it can take a long time for oil paint to cure. Considering there was about half an inch of paint on that canvas, and finding out how long it can take to cure, I was surprised it dried as fast as it did! Must have been the Florida sun!!!