|Art Jill Soukup demonstrates her approach to painting a buffalo in oil.|
This past weekend though I got an almost instant energy and inspiration boost from attending a demo by one of my all-time favorite painters.
If you’re lucky during your art life you discover other “aspiration artists.” These artists can really help keep you motivated. You just know this will be an artist you’ll happily follow for years to come. You can’t wait to see their next show and what they’re working on.
For me that artist is Denver representational oil painter Jill Soukup known for her fantastic equine paintings as well as her buffalos and urban scenes. (I’ve been lucky enough to take a few classes with Jill and she’s also a talented and insightful instructor.)
|Jill Soukup Equine Painting|
Her demos are always fascinating--She often layers the paint (for example an earthy yellow green over a warm dull orange red) using a variety of tools including hefty well-worn brushes, large hardware style putty knives, etc.
|Jill "drags" a cooler cool blue over a warmer area with a putty knife. |
|Detail of buffalo side of head--note the large textural planes of oil paint.|
|Jill Soukup oil painting palette--When asked she said her favorite color is that yellow green.|