Well although I haven’t updated in quite it hasn’t been because I have been lazy.  Quite the opposite, I have been too busy painting.  Of course this means that I can start to put some of the fruits of my labor.

In addition I have decided to weed out my website while at the same time adding some new things.  It will take me a few days to renovate the site completely but its a work in progress I suppose.

So on to the more interesting stuff:

This is my first attempt in oils in around 15 years, a plein air study of a tree outside.  It was both frustrating and enjoyable at the same time to work on.  After college I thought I would never ever go back to oils.  I hate the toxic nature of oils, the need for solvents and turpentine, the mess they create in cleanup, all the annoyances I vowed never to return to.  However much I despised oil paints I always felt like less of an artist since I didn’t use them.  I don’t recall seeing too many “great masters” paintings in acrylic.  It seems like every painting book or magazine discussed oil technique over all other mediums.  So many artists I admire work in oils, why don’t I?

Even with the self doubts I would never have given them another try if not for the invention of water-soluble oil paints.  Although they were around in my SVA days I never heard a good word said about the quality of the paints.  Luckily time has seemed to improve the quality and amount of paint available so I decided to give it a try.  Generous gifts from my family saw me set up with a fancy french easel and a supply oil paint and brushes and a real eagerness to give oils another try.  I have to say I really enjoyed it although I would be the first to say I have a lot to learn.