"In All Things We Find Ourselves"
Oil on Canvas
48 x 48 x 1.5 inches
available on ETSY
It's hard to believe it's been almost 20 years...
since I painted in OIL. Wow.
After having been a professional acrylic artist for the last 6 years, here are some things I re-discovered.
- Oils take a REALLY long time to dry - especially when you paint with full pigment, as I usually do, with just a little walnut oil here and there (thanks for the tip and the free samples, M. Graham folks! It seems forever to the likes of an acrylic artist!
- If I was planning to paint again the next day, I could just leave my palette out and brushes in the walnut oil and I was good to go for my paint session the next day. No waste of this paint! (And before you gasp in horror at my poor paint brushes, I do the same thing with acrylic brushes in water, so go ahead and gasp twice for those of you diligent about keeping a perfect brush tip.)
- Oils have beautiful color and shine. Thanks to the great work of fine art paint manufacturers such as Dan Smith, though, they aren't nearly as different from acrylics as they used to be.
- After years of acrylic painting, and not worrying about the paint getting everywhere, on myself included, I was an oil painting MESS. I would find smudges of oil paint everywhere after a painting session. With acrylics, I would just rub my hands together, make sure they felt dry, and off I'd go. Hmmm. I may have to become a little neater if/when I do this again.
- Blending, even days later, was simple and fun. Nothing like acrylics. What fun!
- I need to get some decent gloves!
I hope you enjoy the fruits of my labor. And if you haven't tried oils for awhile, go ahead and make a mess and have some fun!
Now back to the acrylic painting I started this morning. It should be plenty dry for another layer of paint!
(for more about the progression of this painting, see my earlier blog post HERE)