Sunday, June 28, 2015

That Pesky Oil Painting is Finished.

That oil painting I was working on? It's done. I'm not sure if I will do it again. I didn't feel that surge of spontaneity I had hoped for, although the image is pretty, I think. It's tiny - just 10 inches by 6.5. Perhaps painting oils on a really large canvas is the key. And I would probably waste half the paints over me.

"Home from the Hills"

And, yes, I achieved some great texture, but I can do that with acrylics, too (molding paste, Gesso). I need someone to point out the advantages of oil over acrylic. I can't think of any.

Oh, and it finally dried.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Still Painting. When Will I Return to My Writing?

These are the paintings I've completed through June. I'm not prolific, but when I start, I can't stop. The varying subjects are an indication of where my thought processes are these days...unpredictable and inexplicable, but always spontaneous. I think Pinterest has a lot to do with it...

Click on the images to enlarge them.

"The Village House"
16 x 20

"Star Bright"
15 x 11

16 x 20
(My first abstract ever. Will do more.)

15 x 11

17 x 14

I've started a small oil painting. This is the first time in decades that I've messed with oils, and, believe me, I do get into a mess with oils. But I'm persevering. I admire the apparent freedom most oil artists seem to have, and would love to experience that. The image I've produced at present looks as controlled and contained as anything I do in acrylic...more so, in fact, because I'm trying so hard not to get messy! I guess my other complaint is that I have no patience with waiting for paint to dry, and I will not use turpentine to speed the process. Of course, I'll blog the result when and if I ever get the thing finished - and dried.
Until next time.