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.