“Lake Michigan Willow”
Well, here it is, my first oil painting. I’ve got to say, it wasn’t easy to force myself to make the change but every time I read another book about the environment and what we are doing to it, I found it harder to live with painting with acrylics. For my first one I thought the lakeshore would be an inspiring choice. I wanted to catch the wonderful color of a weeping willow just as it is breaking bud in the spring, and the subtle colors of the sky meeting the lake. Even so, this painting languished in my studio for months while I wavered. Happily, the good people at Earth Paint added a gorgeous purple to their line and that was the inducement I needed. I ordered a pound of the stuff, which ought to keep me happy for quite awhile. The pure pigments are mixed with walnut oil, and I use no chemical additives at all. The pigment is completely archival, and I’m told that walnut oil will neither yellow nor crack with age. So, off I go on my next painting adventure.