Saturday, August 29, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I love paintings that are textured and invite eyes and fingers to glide over the hills and valleys on the canvas.
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Sunday, August 9, 2009
I admit this is a very strange title for this painting. Actually, I painted over another painting titled "Midnight Express". But being a little lazy, I decided to just change a couple of letters and give the painting a new name. The coffee colors in the painting somehow justified that for me.
This is a very textural painting. I started by slathering on thick layers of acrylic modeling paste and pressing various items into the wet medium to create texture. By sculpting the medium, I was able to establish the composition or "bones" of the painting. Once the canvas was dry, I started to apply the color layer by layer. Spattering with water before the paint set up revealed underlayers of color. As I continued to paint it reached the point of completion.
How do we know when a painting is finished? For me it's always been that point when any more work would not add to the finished product. Stepping back from the canvas usually reveals the moment to quit.
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