Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Broadway Lights

Broadway Lights
Oil & Acrylic on Canvas

My oil paints have been sitting in a bin for quite a while and in danger of turning into petrified blobs. I think the last time I actually used them was at a workshop I took with my art pals, Judy Mackey and Nancy Medina.

When I was in college (back in prehistoric days), I painted exclusively in oils. Acrylics were horrible and difficult to use. But, over the years, acrylic paints were perfected and I found that I preferred them over oils. However, that old bin of semi-dried out tubes were beckoning to me.

I started this painting in my usual manner. After slathering on molding paste to create texture, I underpainted in acrylic but wasn't able to get the blending effect I was striving for. I dug around in the bin and found several tubes that were still in good condition. I had forgotten how much easier it is to work in oils as compared to acrylics. Don't get me wrong, I don't intend to switch completely to oils but at least now I know that I can use them together when I need to. Just some words of caution, in case you're planning to do the same. Oil and water do not mix! Always paint fat over lean - oils over acrylics.

Broadway Lights is available for sale through my website.


Martha Marshall said...

I was just today unpacking a box labeled "miscellaneous paints" which included a whole bunch of oil paints. I caught the aroma and thought I might like to try them again. It's been a long time.

Beautiful painting!

Filomena de Andrade Booth said...

Thanks Martha!

There's something about oils that I doubt acrylics will ever be able to reproduce.


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