Day 17: A Highland Lighthouse


Lighthouse study, 18x24cm, oil on canvas

I have a friend who loves lighthouses. I mean really, really loves lighthouses. Before meeting her, I can’t say that I had much of an opinion at all of lighthouses, one way or the other. I had fond memories of visiting one on Cape Cod as a child, but beyond that I really had nothing to say.

But I think having a lighthouse-obsessed friend has made me take notice of them a bit more. And here in Scotland, there are plenty to notice. Hundreds, in fact.

My daily paintings from the beginning of the month are finally dry enough to put on Etsy, so they have started to appear in my shop. Go see! (And if you know of anyone in need of a cocktail painting, please send them along, too.)


It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.

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3 Responses to “Day 17: A Highland Lighthouse”

  1. Ruth L says:

    What a beautiful oil painting, love that seaside of blues, whites and greys!

  2. Maron says:

    Every time I view your art my mind starts to ask questions…does she use the “new” type oils? Does she paint with a palate knife? Does she sketch it out first or just go right at it? Aren’t you happy that your work incites this kind of wonder?

    • Jul says:

      I love that you find my work interesting enough to have questions about it, Maron. :) Please feel free to ask me anything – I’m happy to answer!

      I’m not sure what you mean by “new” oils, unless perhaps the water-mixable ones? I usually use traditional oils (although I try to stay away from the toxic pigments such as cadmiums, gorgeous as they are). I’ve played around with water-mixable oils, and I think they’re a great solution if you’re working in a space that doesn’t have good ventilation (or if you just don’t want your workspace to smell of solvents). I use minimal medium and an odor-free turp substitute to clean my brushes, so my studio has a whiff of solvent smell in the air, but not too much.

      This painting was mostly done with a palette knife, although usually I use brushes more. Sometimes I sketch out my compositions onto the canvas first, and sometimes I just start painting (although I usually at least have an idea of the composition from thumbnail sketches).

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