This is a continuation of my love affair with oil paint. Its not as though there is anything wrong with acrylics. On the contrary, there is much that is right. Acrylics allow for mistakes to be hidden, and there is a lot to be said for that. Acrylics allow me to easily scrap a painting that has flopped by painting over it right away.
But! When I paint with oil there is a sense of connection with all the painters before me, from Bob Ross (my patron saint of accidents!) to Caravaggio to Titian to Monet. Oil paint glides onto the canvas in impossibly long brushstrokes and there is no fear of drying mid painting. The colors are impossibly vibrant, and there is a certain depth in every aspect. Yes, I will probably continue with oil painting.
I love love love how oils blend together. The colors are so beautiful, and it is possible to make the shading very subtle.
I am concernced about how much more toxic the process is compares to watercolors and acrylics, so I’m researching how to make that safer. Once i figure out a system, I’ll share it. Maybe you’ll find it useful as well. Stay posted for that.
This one is inspired by Phyllis Shafer’s landscapes. I am a huge fan of her work since she showed in the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. I love how each painting looks, almost, like I’ve been there looking with her. They make me feel as though I am a part of the art and not merely an observer. If you’re interested, you can find her paintings here. Well worth the click.
Those rocks in Joshua Tree National Park are so beautiful and slightly surreal. They are jumbled like a giant baby was told to put his or her toys away. Geologically, how the rock formed is pretty interesting, between the magma pushing up into the cracks and the tectonic movement from the San Andreas fault. You can find the very decent article on their website here if you’re interested in the geology. The rocks are beautiful regardless.
P. S. The name of this type of rock is monzogranite. That is so much fun to say. Try it. Monzogranite 🙂