Sailing was a big part of my childhood. My Aunt and Uncle lived on one; all our vacations involved water. Dad built a little 12 footer dinghy sailboat when my brother and I were kids that we’d sail around the lake. It was an awesome way to grow up, and I am still so thankful to my family for making it possible. Art comes from life, and my paintings are no different. Seascapes just don’t look right without a boat in the distance, and I’m grateful for that bias. May you have lots of boats in your future.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City runs a youtube channel. In it, they show how some of the most famous artists of the last century painted their iconic works. The one I’ve linked below shows how Yayoi Kusama painted her mural sized Infinity Net. In the process of painting the sample, I was able to get a glimpse of the mind of Kusama. This art isnt exactly my cup of tea, but I got a lot out of watching over the artist’s shoulder.
This one makes me smile. It captures a single moment, and feels almost mythical. This one is done in oils and with a color new to me: Alizarin crimson. You will definitely see more in this color from me.
So you may remember the first City at Night on here. I liked that one, but I haz skillz now so I thought I would like to come back to the concept. For reference, here is the first one, done in March of this year;
And here is the one I just did, in oils this time.
The second one is called Stars on Earth. I still like the first, but I’m pleased to be progressing.
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.
First time working with oils paints! Initial impressions? 1. It takes an incredible amount of time to dry. I did this one about two weeks ago, and it’s still tacky. 2. A little bit of paint goes a long way. 3. The colors! So luminescent! I’m in love. 4. Those pretty colors quickly descend into flat grey if over mixed. 5. It’s really hard to tell how much is too much mixing.
Bob Ross made it look so easy.
I will definitely come back to oils. I’ll keep you all posted on the results!