Friday, October 20, 2017

News from outside of my studio

Hi to All!

It's great to be outside again, just relax and draw on my sketch book. We had very bad weather last month, a heat wave with "Kalima" which happens when sand comes from Sahara desert. It was hard to breath outside, I stayed indoors mostly working on a research project and creating new art video tutorials.

Yesterday, sky was cleared out and the air was fresh. So we went to visit our neighbor town Ag├╝imes improvising a little bit. 

Sketchbook drawing 

After spending really nice time in nature, we headed to the historical part of town and came across with a very good art exhibition at Casa de la Cultura. Two artists; Painter Luis Deza (Peru) and sculpture artist Ina Stromberg (Sweden) exhibited wonderful artworks. If you are in the area, I highly recommend you to visit this one, It will open until 27th of October. Have a great weekend!

With Luis Deza's painting
Ina Stromberg's sculpture

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Back to Studio with a New Oil Painting

Last month it was extremely hot in the studio, so I tried working during late hours and I put more time on online marketing. I guess my hard work paid off and I made a few sales! Now my ETSY Shop rating has 5 stars, thanks to my wonderful collectors.

"Girl reading in Central Park" by Birsen Ozbilge
6" x 8,75", oil on wood panel, 2013

Last week, I worked on a small oil painting. I got inspired by the subject of "book reading". I used to have lunch breaks in Central Park, New York, while I was working at The Frick Museum. This painting brings back those good memories...   

work in progress


"Lunch break" by Birsen Ozbilge
Oil on canvas, 7" x 9.5" (18 x 24 cm.)
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Plein air painting from Tenerife

Gran Canaria above the clouds

Plein air travel kit for the flight

Last week I flew with my plein air art materials to our neighbor island Tenerife. Before the trip I did my research about how to pack these materials according to the airline company's rules. So, we checked the tools, watercolors and oil pastels with the wooden box into the luggage. I was able to take the portable easel with me without checking it but they had to hold it until we land. At the end everything arrived safely. Same way, I had no problem on the way back. 

Working with oil pastels

Gran Canaria above the clouds, Oil pastel on blue pastel paper

When we arrived the weather in Tenerife was great, you could see Gran Canaria very clear. Generally this is a sign that the following days rain might come... Anyways, I took advantage of this beautiful and rare occasion to paint with oil pastels (see above).
Work in progress

Casa de "La finca", watercolor on paper

The following days were cloudy and rainy as we were expecting... But I had the chance to paint outside with watercolors (see above). When it was rainy outside, I did drawings looking out from the window (see below).

drawing from the sketchbook

drawing from the sketchbook

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