“Jacqueline’s Pond” Part 2 of 2 ASMR Daubism Oil Painting Demonstration Spoken Voice Slowly Painted

“Jacqueline’s Pond” Part 2 of 2 ASMR Daubism Oil Painting Demonstration Spoken Voice Slowly Painted

hi it’s Dena Tollefson welcome to my
studio I’m so glad to have you here today so I’m painting with the spoon and
a technique I developed called Daubism and I’m painting this new painting I’ve
got the under painting complete and I hope you got a chance to watch the under
painting in “Jacqueline’s Pond” Part One so this is a commissioned painting
commissioned for Jackie and Syl Amos for their Florida home and I hope that if
you are new to my channel that you’ll subscribe and ring that notification bell
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and if you’ve come back again if you’re a returning person coming back I thank
you for being here and it’s wonderful to have you here so I hope that you’ll find this video
relaxing I’m just putting these marks of paint these dabs and using a spoon I
have a spoon of two sizes of spoons this this is my smaller of the two but I use
these spoons just I don’t eat with those anymore and they’re just set aside just
for painting but I like the mark that one can achieve with the spoon it’s a
little different than a painting knife the feel of the paint is a little
different than a painting knife or using a palette knife would be because the
spoon is very rigid and then it leaves this cupped form so this color that you see is a color I
mixed with a little bit of titanium white and French ultramarine blue and
some yellow ochre this is all oil paint has almost robin’s egg blue kind of a
feel to it with all the warmth from the yellow ochre get a mark right there
there we go so here’s some of the paints I’m using
I’m using all water mixable or water miscible paints mostly from Winsor
and Newton I also have some from Cobra couple other brands that I like get a
little a yellow ochre mixed in so this is the phthalo blue red shade and yellow
ochre will give that a good good mixing here now onto the canvas just applying those marks and the dark
areas where the under painting is the darkest and I’m using sometimes I’m
using the same color as the under painting I’m mixing up a new color
that’s slightly different so I’m striving for a feeling in the pond that
is alive and vital and when you look at water it’s never only just one color
it’s always many colors especially if you’re in a looking at a pond because
the pond has got the reflections from the sky you see if it’s shallow enough
you can see the bottom of the pond and if it’s deep enough then you’ll see all
of the creatures that are swimming and the insects and the fishes and the frogs
and turtles and since this is for a Florida home I’m imagining that there’s
no alligator in here it’s just a friendly pond and everybody gets along
nobody’s eating anyone else so the clients also have a Michigan home
so I I’ll say that this may be this is a Michigan pond because there’ll be no
alligators there so this tool I’m using is technically a painting knife but
people will use the term palette knife and painting knife interchangeably
painting knife is got a a little hook on it like you can see here I’ve the handle
where it meets up with the blade there’s a little bit of a gap or a hook and
that’s so that you don’t get paint on your fingers when you’re applying it to
the canvas that’s in contrast with a palette knife which is which has a
configuration more like a table knife where it just goes straight from the
handle to the blade so it’s spring here now in Iowa in my
studio and a lot of activity and wonderful things happening and spring
whispering migration of the birds and we have a lot of neat birds that are in our
pond we have all like a roughly two acre pond that is shared with a few neighbors
in the back and this pond feeds from another larger pond and then over into
the Cedar River and the other day we had just some great waterfowl we had some
mallards and even this morning there were was it three male no four male
mallards we’re all trying to court one female mallard and so we’ll have to see
who she ends up picking but I love these mallards they like to come up the hill
and come and sit on the top of the hill and eat bird food that comes out and
falls down when the songbirds will wrestle the feeders then sometimes food
will come down and my husband also throws out cracked corn and peanuts in
the shell and then peanuts that are kind of coarsely chopped and the ducks really
like to eat that so the wild ducks will come walking up and it’s so funny
because they they fly so much more elegantly than actually I think they
swim most elegantly and then when they fly they look they look beautiful but
they look like they’re working hard but they really do work hard when they’re
walking because their legs the way they sit on their body they have to kind of
waddle to take it up the hill and just to kind of walk around on flat spaces
and they make these cute little sounds like ran ran ran all the time at each
other and the other other day one of the my husband saw a male mallard on the
neighbor’s roof just sitting up there which was kind of funny so right around
this time the male and the female mallard we’ll be looking for a suitable place to
put their nest and they will they’ll check everything out be well look bushes
they’ll look around where the hose is next to the next to that spigot they’ll
they’ll look in these old grassy areas all different areas but there are a lot
of predators who would enjoy eating of duck egg so they have to be very careful
where they place their nest so now here on the painting I’m using a tiny little
tool I had started with a spoon and using this was a titanium way in a very
small amount of CAD yellow light hue and I’m just aiming for a variety of
different marks different dabs in different sizes and I’m placing these
all in the direction that the flower grows so the water I’m going to be
putting the marks to indicate the water and the water movement and then on the
petals here and the blooms I’ll be placing be marks to show emphasize the
the shape and the movement and the bloom of the of the flower there’s kind of a peachy color
and this peachy color was mixed by taking some of that titanium white with a
little bit of yellow and then adding this wonderful orange color it’s a
cadmium orange hue and it can make just a wonderful kind of nice peach color so
just placing it on the canvas with the spoon so the clients Jackie and Syl Amos they
own several other originals of mine but when they commissioned this painting
they had specified that the lilies need to be a peach color so I’m thinking
about peach in all of its different forms everything from a very light and
and I see pink all the way up through almost a red deepening the color of the
peach by adding additional orange and I’m putting this on with a more of a
flat palette palette knife or painting knife and those two terms really
are – people we use the artists we use the terms painting knife and
palette knife interchangeably but depending on how hard I press down
when I apply the paint I can get a different shape of mark and I do like
when I get a little bit of a cupped form because the cupped form when the paint
is dry this oil paint will take five to six months to dry before the painting
here and here in my studio before the clients can have it but this the
direction and the thickness and if the daub is curved all contribute to the
overall look of the painting I’m aiming for a variety of different sizes of daubs
there’s my big spoon got that really big one here and I wanted to include really
fresh yellow greens, kind of some green gold kind of colors I mix this color with
using yellow and ivory black so in acrylic there’s a nice green gold you
can get but I’ve not found a satisfactory equivalent in oil paint so
I just mixed my own I’ll put a few marks also in the water because no pond is ever tidy you know a
pond has always got some leaves that are falling into it some things have blown
around sometimes there’s some animals in there maybe some frogs so by letting
some of the colors go off of the lily pads and the blossoms I want to create
that feeling of a windswept or an alive and vital pond put a mark there we go I’m also thinking
too about balancing the color across the canvas so these greens if I had left the
greens only where the lily pads are on the canvas I feel like it wouldn’t have had the same
balance little titanium white and phthalo blue red shade and then this kind of
neutral color that was mixed up with yellow ochre and the yellow that you can
see a little bit of that there the yellow what is that one that’s the CAD
yellow medium and some white a little bit of black to make that kind of khaki
color and I’m working on a palette I’m using is
a disposable ergonomic palette by oh gosh who makes this oh New Wave Palette and
that’s what I like about this is that that great color you can see a little
bit of the titanium white come off off on the end but the gray makes it really
easy to mix colors and to judge colors because a gray is it kind of a middle
color or a middle value and sometimes if you’re working on a white surface it’s
hard to hard to match your colors or to mix your colors the way that you want so
I really like this gray toned palette then as each sheet I think I want to say
they’re either fifty sheets or 100 sheets and each one maybe it’s fifty but
you just throw it away after the painting session is done I’ll
take all the paint and scrape it on to the center to make kind of a neutral
gray color and then apply that also to the canvas I feel like it’s very very
important to have enough neutral colors anytime you have bright colors it’s
always nice to balance those with neutral colors I’ll get that mixed up now if you were a really close observer
you’ve noticed that I am throughout the video I’ve got different changes of
clothing on and you can tell by the lighting it’s different days when I’m
working on a larger painting like this I cannot complete it all in one session or
one day obviously it’s a multi-day multi-week in fact this was kind of a
two-month project started the under painting and then that had to dry so it
is important with this technique that I don’t when I put the dabs on I don’t um
let them smear or do anything like that I’m really wanting them to be each mark
or each daub to stand alone on its own I’m not looking for inter mixing of
colors so I have to let the canvas dry in between sessions so that the paint
will at least get a skin or at least start to do the drawing not a skin
necessarily a bit more of a the drying process will start so it otherwise
they’ll have kind of a big wet mess which is which is not good but I can lay
your colors and that type of thing after waiting a few weeks in between painting
then I can put one daub on top of another and not worry about smearing and also if you look into the water
especially you can see there are a variety of different shades of blue
lighter blues grey blues purpley blues all different kind of color yellow blues
deals turquoise that are in this pond and I’m aiming for a variety of
different colors so when you look up close you’re going to see almost an
abstract pattern of color and then when you look far away I want it to look more
representational I know this little bit of darker color
I’m I’ve got a little bit of a transitional color between the lightest
area in the water and the darkest and so this kind of grayish blue I’m thinking
about placing that everywhere in the canvas to unite the lightest and the
darkest areas together and as this texture is building up I’m
thinking about again balancing all of the colors that’s all you’ll notice that
a little bit of that peach color I included that into the water and into
the reflections and now just tiny little marks I can use the same tool to create
large marks or these tiny little dots and little daubs just by how much
pressure is applied so working from a limited set of
original colors I’m mixing all of these colors that you see here on the canvas
from just this small original set and by doing that I can achieve a color harmony
so by if you saw I added a little bit of yellow ochre there it turned that blue
all of a sudden into kind of a turquoisey kind of color but by working with
that limited set it helps make sure that there are no jarring colors or clashing
colors and everything will work and harmonize together kind of like if if
you go and decorate in your home and you repeat a certain color in the home or
you do having your outfit whatever you’re wearing and and the colors are
all matching and working together so I’m aiming for a lot of different colors but
I’m just working from mixing them from some original small set of colors so this Daubism technique that you see
here is a painting technique that I developed in the year 2000 and so all of
these individual daubs of paint are placed on the canvas using these painting
knives and spoons and what I’m wanting to achieve with this is a feeling of
when you’re really up close it’s like a low relief sculpture and when you stand
far away it looks like more like a traditional painting and but it also
feels like a mosaic and I really love mosaics they are just wonderful how all
the individual pieces are held together and then they they have this quality I
don’t know what it is but there’s I’m kind of just I’ll say obsessed or
fascinated by mosaics no my husband and I took a trip to Rome
or a couple trips to Rome but I always would love to see the mosaic work there so these little dark marks that you see
here are phthalo blue red shade with a small amount of cadmium orange hue mixed
in and that makes the mark dark but but not as the blue it reads more like a
like a dark neutral as opposed to a specific blue so I’m working that
teasing that color right up and near the blossom there we go
I’m just a variety of different marks small marks and large marks now you can see I’ve been able to place
some colors over the top of the of the other colors because I some time has
gone by and I could go in and layer the colors one on top of the other you can
see there some layering so just many many layers so there’s the original
toning of the canvas with yellow ochre and then the under painting which has
dried and now all of these layers and layers of the Daubism kind of a peacock blue mixing here adding that phthalo blue red shade and
yellow ochre and now some white makes a really pretty color that color feels
like Florida to me that that blue green and again just now in the process of
looking over at the canvas to see what areas need attention I’m also with the composition the
inverted C shaped composition wanting the eye to travel all the way around
with the flowers and the lily pads but not necessarily have only one focal
point I’m looking for almost a feeling of movement with the eye now these marks I’m putting in now now
I’m thinking about the canvas I’m thinking about the painting and what
doesn’t really need yet what colors does it need so now additional layering and
right up along where the foliage at the edge and the reflections of the foliage
into the water right at that intersection I want to pay attention at
that area and then if you see here on the right
side of the screen my little birds Groche and Romeo you can see great Romeo’s the
gray one and Groche is the yellow one but they are cockatiels they’re just
wonderful little birds we’ve had them over 20 years remember when we first got
our cockatiels I thought that they’d only live a few years but I was
surprised to find out they’re a member of the parrot family that they can live
20 years 25 years something like that so it’s important to me in my paintings
that I have a variety a lot of different colors I don’t want to just put only one
color on the canvas I want to really spend a lot of thought about how how all
of the individual colors will work together like you know just sounds like
a community of colors get these marks here in the reflection think about the
Ssn on the water and the all the animals that live under the water and fly above
the water and the insects maybe a nice turtle and I really appreciate that
you’ve been here today on my studio and I hope that you’ll come back again and
visit me it’s been great having you here get a few more marks here all right well
thank you so much so this is Dena Tollefson and I appreciate that you’re
here so until next time bye-bye


  • Dena Tollefson says:

    Thank you so much for watching! What is your favorite animal or insect to find in or around a pond? I love Blanding's Turtles, Painted Turtles, a nice duck, Koi fishes and dragonflies. Please let me know in the comments below.

  • 1MightyR says:

    Very calm and relaxing. Beautiful art. Lol! I never seen a spoon used. Thats creative!$

  • Artfully Yours with Diana says:

    Loved the video and your painting is so beautiful ❀️😍❀️ My favorite pond creatures are koi, dragonflies and turtles. Thank you four sharing Dena! Enjoyed very much! I was wondering is it possible for you to do a video on how to achieve a personal art style? I’ve been an artist for decades and cannot seem to achieve my own art style. I can create series of work,,,,,,but my different bodies of work don’t tie together as one style.

  • TianaDIY says:

    this is fantastic Dena and indeed very calming!!! I definitely love the find little frogs and lillypads!!!

  • Schaefer Dietrich says:

    Looks great. How about a little frog?

  • Robert Lyngdoh Art says:

    I've enjoyed this one Dena.. The painting is absolutely beautiful 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍❀❀

  • Artes Mil colores Leydi T. M. says:

    Quedo muy bonito πŸ‘

  • Pencil Connoisseur says:

    Nice video dena

  • chrissycanvasart says:

    Beautiful Dena, I love dragonfly and little frog's round a pond, big like from meπŸ‘πŸ¦‹πŸŽ¨πŸ’œ

  • GoodArt says:

    Hello Dena πŸ™‚ βœ‹, your work is awesome my dear friend πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Julia McNeill Crafts says:

    Beautiful it’s incredible the difference the texture makes, stunning x

  • Helen Schaefer says:

    β€œJacqueline’s Pond β€œ is alive with all of our favorite creatures happily enjoying the cool water and sunshine. Dena, your artistic abilities allows this to happen for all of us to enjoy. Thank you. The bull frog sitting in the reeds thanks you, too.

  • Draw with Jonny says:

    Your Art is so relaxing to watch my friend πŸ˜πŸ‘

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  • Ist mir Wunst says:

    This painting turned out absolutly great. One like from me and I am wishing you a great weekend Dena.

  • Soleil Man ART says:

    NICE TECHNICAL OF PAINTING , for sure i will try this technique DAUBISM inspired from your videos THANK YOU SO MUCH

  • World In Color says:

    Love the voice over😍 The range of colors you used in this piece are beautiful!

  • Pyrography Made Easy says:

    Hi Dena,
    interesting process of layering your paint in such a visually textured way. I was really surprised at how long you said it will take to dry. WOW. I assume the customer knows that it will be months before they can get it, but still, wow.

  • Caitlin Maree says:

    This is your best Lilly painting yet! πŸ€— I just love the warm orange hue and pink colours in the flowers😍

    I’m also really glad you uploaded a new ASMR video, I think they’re one of the videos that do well on your channel ❀️ Please do more πŸ‘πŸ»

  • Caitlin Maree says:

    Dragonflies are my fav animal to find around ponds… πŸ’œ however in Australia there are lots of bearded water dragons and they can get huge!!!! They creep me out πŸ˜…

  • 3mgii says:

    Beautiful painting! Keep it up!

  • DAVY. J.Y. Art with a pen. says:

    Its really great fun watching you use that spoon, you make it look easy but i know you have to be very careful and instinctive when creating a painting using that style , daubism.
    Another fantastic narrated video from you Dena, always a pleasure to watch πŸ™‚

  • Sylvan Amos says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I have watched the video 2 times. Syl has watched it once – so far. Your narration really brings it to life. We love it. Thank-you!

  • Mando Teresia says:

    Your art is so dang cool! I can never get over how awesome it is!

  • Divine Art says:

    Hi Dena, I get so inspired to do something new when I see your unconventional style. And your voice and the creamy paint sliding to the canvas is totally ASMR.

  • Whimsy Creek Art says:

    I just love your daubism technique. So neat!

  • Mariya And Marissa says:

    Hi New Friend Here… I hope you can visit to my channel β˜ΊπŸ‘πŸ””πŸ””πŸ””πŸ””πŸ””

  • DRAW2NIGHT says:

    The final result is so beautiful! Impressive lily flowers! Thank you for great relax! Big like dear Dena!

  • BlueEastCoast says:

    Really beautiful job πŸ‘

  • Sketchbook Corner says:

    This is really very relaxing! The shades in the water looks really great!

  • Eve Harvey Art says:

    This looks amazing Dena You have such an amazing talent 😁 Fabulous work as always πŸ™‚

  • Joni Young Art says:

    This is so lovelyπŸ’–

  • Annie The Star says:

    Great oil painting! Like 35

  • Miguel Bevia Oil Painting says:

    Wow Dena! What a beautiful dance of colors and texture! It was amazing to watch you build up the layers of paint. Truly mosaic quality. What a masterpiece.

  • Costel Andone says:

    Looks great Dena! I have not seen the technique before! Paint with a spoon! Impressive! Congratulations and good luck!

  • Bina Artwork says:

    Lovely painting Helen… This technique will very useful for me.
    I am a beginner and need your attention in my painting.
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  • Avolun Toldr says:

    Im mezmerized watching this. I dont have good oil paints. If i add gel to my acrylics can I get the same effect? I accidently bought a gallin thinking I had grabbed the gesso! I so want to try this. Thank you so much for sharing. πŸ˜€πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·

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