A good block-in for my first oil in 23 years, 9x12"
So I did it! I took the leap and painted with oils, albeit a fun learning experience at that. Now that I have ventured over to the Dark Side, as in Darth Vader and his Galactic Empire, I may be tempted to try it again. "Gulp" This devout pastelist did it and here are my observations from the day:
1. Know the names of paint colors. Pastels are not labeled, so painting with oils alongside experienced oil painters is label work. Veridian? Cad Red light? Whahhh? Not so with pastels. Just pick a color and value, and no mixing! Oils are brain work.
2. Bring tubes of paint that aren't dried out! Being that I painted way back in 1988 (ok, I'm dating myself here now) I still have tubes of paint that are good...so I thought. One huge tube of never opened Titanium White came out to the field with me and when I tried to unscrew the top to squeeze out a juicy dab of oil, it was hard as rock...I mean solid.... as in a brick! Does anyone need a paper weight cuz I got one...and it's free!
3. Find a place to put the piece when transporting it home. See the twigs of grass on the upper left? Yup, I dropped the darned thing in the field and didn't think to bring a box to put the wet painting in. I've heard that Monet had sand on his, so I guess I'm following an oil tradition of bringing the outdoors in.
4. Have a good time! Even though it was a challenge, it was met with a lot of excitement rediscovering the medium. Greasy fingers, a hint of purple on my chin, and a couple of good laughs! Now I'm off to clean my brushes. Ugh!
Last week I was headed out to the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts to receive a Blue Ribbon Award for "Passing Point" I received the call a few nights before the ceremony and was so excited that I hung up the phone before I found out what piece won the ribbon. So all the more reason to attend this yearly show.
Passing Point, 24x23" Pastel on sanded paper
This Friday I'm off to Caswell Gallery for the First Friday Art Walk and Quick Draw. If you are in the area, come on out to watch 6 artists create a work of art in about 2 hours. Add a glass of delicious Mt. Defiance red any you are good for the evening.