Here is the latest oil I have been working on. I can see why people like oil, especially when you are mixing your own. There is something so delightful to my senses in pouring out a bit of the dry pigment, adding a bit of walnut oil, and mixing away until it has the feel that I want. Takes me back to my mudpie days! Then I get to apply it to canvas. You can get completely lost moving this stuff around. But then, when you go look at all that delicate brushwork you did the day before, you discover that all the colors melted together!!! What a shock. Clearly there will be a learning curve here, and I won’t be able to construct a painting the way I do in acrylics. Despite all that, I hope you enjoy my monochromatic friend here.
From time to time I am asked about my process, so I thought I’d invite you all into my studio while I work on a commission so you can see the steps I take.
Here I’ve painted a warm underpainting on the canvas. I like to do this because it influences the tone of the painting, and ties all of the colors together as I go along. The woman who gave me this commission had a slug of photos for me to use as reference. This is very useful, but at this stage of the game I’m not looking at them much.
Now I’ve begun laying in the sky. You can see how the blue and white respond to the warm underpainting. Turns out if you do this with oils, you get mud. Just sayin’. I’ll be doing commissions in acrylic until I have a better handle on oils. Or, perhaps, I will always continue to work in acrylics for some paintings. Is that what it is like for you photographers~some cameras serve you better in some situations than others?
In the photos, the sky is a much more saturated blue but I like this softer color better. This is how I will leave it for now, until I have the rest of the elements in place. When the trees and so on are in, that is when I look at values and make changes if need be. I’ll be bringing in the background, so stay tuned! 🙂